long term care

Why You Should Consider Working in a Long-Term Care Facility

Jun 22, 2020

Traveling nurses can also choose to work in long-term care facilities. This is a unique and rewarding opportunity to care for individuals and improve the quality of their life. AARP estimates 52% of people living today who turn 65 will require long-term care at some point during their lives. By 2030, the largest generation of individuals (Baby Boomers) will reach retirement age. There are a lot of people who may need some type of long-term care.  

The job you do in a long-term facility makes a real difference in people's lives. Here are just some of the benefits you may experience when you consider a long-term care travel assignment.  

Long-Lasting Relationships  

When you're caring for people in a hospital, the length of time you get to know them is often relatively short. However, some patients stay in long-term care facilities for many years. This offers you an opportunity to develop deeper relationships with people that can last long after your travel assignment is over. A special bond can often include a patient's family.  

Meaningful Interactions 

In a long-term care facility, you are working with individuals who often need help with basic tasks of everyday living. They often appreciate the small things, like brushing their hair, helping them to the bathroom, or making sure they get the right meal. These small favors take on new meaning for an individual and give you the opportunity to make a real difference in someone's life.  

A New Perspective 

In the United States, society does not often value the wisdom older adults have to offer. Working in a long-term care facility gives you practical experience, and it helps make the process a little less frightening. You'll get a better understanding of people's experience as they age, which often helps you to plan for your own experience.  

Wisdom and Life Experience  

Older adults have a lot to share. Interesting careers and long lives make for unique stories and loads of wisdom. You'll learn the decisions that led them to happiness, sadness, and things they may have regretted. Each of these stories can help you fashion life experiences that you'll rely on and can share as you grow older.  

Work Hours That Fit Your Lifestyle  

Long-term care positions are a 24/7 job. You'll often find a facility where you can work the time slot that fits best for your lifestyle. Some positions will require traveling with patients to the hospital or medical facility, while others allow you to work 3 days a week or experience more freedom in a new city where you like to do some exploring. The job is challenging, satisfying, and future job prospects are secure.  

Are You Ready to Travel?  

At GetMed, our recruiters are excited about helping you find the opportunity for career growth and development that fits your lifestyle and personal choices. Call us today! Let's get started planning your next travel assignment.