- Health Care
- Support Services
- Facilities Support
Many long-term care providers offer food service options for their clients, which can include anything from full fine dining experiences to help preparing meals at home. Many of these positions are entry level and most have opportunities for upward mobility. If you are interested in learning more about culinary services or starting on a path to becoming a chef or a food service manager, long-term care could provide the perfect starting point for you.
Alternatively, if you already have related experience, you could be a good fit for a leadership role in the food services side of a long-term care facility or team.
Oftentimes people who start in the kitchen or waiting tables at a long-term care facility find that they truly love the work and the clientele and end up exploring other career pathways specific to long-term care so that they can continue to grow professionally, challenge themselves, and work in a field that gives boundless rewards.
One of the most robust areas for job opportunities in the long-term care field is in health care. Whether you’ve worked with patients and clients as a nurse or medical assistant for decades, or are eager to try caregiving or another health care support role but have no experience, opportunities abound. From entry-level caregivers to nurse and facility managers, there is a position for your level of experience and training in long-term care. Entry-level health care workers in long-term care who are a good fit for the field are often given opportunities to continue their education and pursue certifications in caregiving, nursing and beyond. People who have strong active listening skills, are service-oriented and who are problem-solvers will do particularly well in this pathway.
Long-term care is also an excellent field for newly qualified health care professionals looking for hands-on experience. Long-term care also offers diverse working environments and clientele to give you variety and exposure to situations that will challenge your abilities and encourage professional growth.
There are many roles in long-term care that provide client support in ways other than traditional health care and food services. Other types of positions involve providing clients assistance in their homes, doing things like dressing and bathing or helping to manage housekeeping duties. Other roles involve providing clients transportation to and from important appointments or social outings. There are also positions available for people who have an interest in providing support through recreation and fitness activities. All of these important positions help enrich client’s day-to-day lives. People with natural service orientation and strong active listening skills will do particularly well in these types of roles.
Many long-term care employers require support staff not just for people, but for the buildings, homes, grounds, and offices that make their communities run smoothly. From administrative support at the front desk, to grounds-keeping across campuses, and housekeeping in home-care settings, long-term care has a role for you. People who are good at trouble-shooting and problem solving will be particularly well suited to this pathway.