As our country’s population continues to skew older, we’re facing a nationwide shortage of qualified geriatric care providers.
That’s a shame not only from the standpoint that some seniors may not be receiving all the affordable care they need, but also because elder care is rewarding field.
Many of the senior residents here at Episcopal Church Home (ECH) treat us not only as their caregivers, but also as their valued friends. They chat with us. They allow us into their lives and share their accumulated experiences with us, so that we might learn from them.
And they’re wonderfully appreciative. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t receive sincere smiles and gratitude from our residents.
Those are just some of the reasons that healthcare providers in the Louisville area — be they experienced registered nurses (RNs) and certified nurse assistants (CNAs), or newly-minted graduates — should consider a career in elder care at ECH.
Here are four more.
1. We don’t use employment agencies for staffing
That’s no knock on temp nursing services or placement providers. It’s just a policy we maintain because we’re looking for a particular type of care provider.
What is that type? It’s someone who renders person-centered, dignified care.
We believe that, when you love what you do, it shows in the quality of care you provide. The people who work here love what they do, and they wouldn’t do anything else, anywhere else. So, we keep our hiring in-house.
2. Our person-centered care model
We don’t just provide personal care services, residential nursing care and memory care for our residents. We provide them with dignified choice.
We give our senior residents, and their families, as much freedom and control of their care as we safely can. We render assistance to residents on their terms and on their schedule, not on ours.
If, to be comfortable, a resident needs us to deliver meals to his or her room at a non-standard meal time, we’ll do it. If he or she opts to receive some personal care services, like light physical or occupational therapy, in his or her apartment, we’ll do that, too. And gladly.
We’ll sit and listen to them. We’ll make eye contact with, and smile at, every resident we meet in passing in our hallways and common areas. We’ll greet everyone by name.
That’s what “person-centered care” means.
From the most experienced case manager to the newest cook in our retirement community’s kitchen, every member of the Episcopal Church Home team has shown us that they understand the concept of person-centered care and share our passion for rendering it.
3. We provide a wide variety of senior care services
ECH is Louisville’s premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), so we get to know our residents over longer periods of time. We watch them age, gracefully, often over many golden years.
And that’s so rewarding!
We’re not just looking after the frail and infirm. Many of our residents are aging here in independent living apartments, or receiving minimal personal care. Some are only here for short-term physical rehabilitation, as they recover from surgery, illness or injury.
As our residents’ needs continue to change, we provide them with skilled nursing care, advanced nursing and memory care. We see them safely along the entire progression of elder care.
If you’re looking for a dynamic healthcare career, elder care is surprisingly diverse. You’ll have the opportunity to gain many experiences.
4. Our scheduling is flexible
We’re not just person-centered in our approach to senior care. We’re person-centered in our approach to team management, too.
We have positions available on all shifts, so you can work around your family life, instead of working your family life around your career. We understand that you have a life of your own to manage; we’ll accommodate those needs to the fullest extent possible.
Ready to start your career in elder care?
Click here to see what career opportunities are open now at ECH.
You’ll also find available positions at our Cincinnati-based partner Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS), which manages retirement communities and senior apartment communities throughout the Ohio Valley.
So, if you’re willing to travel, or not otherwise tied to Louisville living, seniors in communities around the region need the person-centered care you can provide, too!