For people looking for a long-term opportunity with a sense of purpose and connection, many consider healthcare support occupations and personal care services at a senior living community. More than 20% of the U.S. population will be 65 and older by 2029, which is why this field is among the fastest-growing career fields in the United States. If you’re curious about what caring for people with dementia at a Memory Care community is like, as well as the benefits of working at a Memory Care community, this blog post offers some answers.

What Is Memory Care?

Memory Care is a unique subset of Assisted Living and typically has smaller staff-to-residents ratios than other types of senior living. Communities are designed to meet the specific social, medical and safety needs of people who have dementia or some form of memory loss.

The overall goal of Memory Care is to provide a caring and safe homelike environment while maintaining the dignity and independence of the residents they serve. But there’s no cookie-cutter approach to Memory Care. Communities that provide programs for physical activity, cognitive training, sleep hygiene and an appropriate diet are the most effective.

What Types of Jobs Are Available at a Memory Care Community?

Looking for a fulfilling career where you can make someone’s day? A job at a Memory Care community is all about helping people. Memory Care communities hire nurses and care partners, social workers, dining team associates, housekeepers, administrative professionals, maintenance workers and more. In addition to training for your specific role, you’ll also receive specialized instruction and education about dementia.

What Are the Residents Like?

Working at a Memory Care community means dedicating your career to serving older adults. Each resident is unique, and getting to know residents and their families to learn more about their histories and preferences is an important part of working at a Memory Care community.

Benefits of a Career in Memory Care

Make a difference: By working in Memory Care, you’ll have an opportunity to make a direct difference in the lives of others. As you care for and provide peace of mind for seniors and their families, you may find you’re getting something in return: a sense of purpose.
Form connections: Working in senior living offers a unique opportunity to truly bond and get to know residents over the period of months and years.
Welcoming environment: If you have an interest in working with a team of others to serve seniors, you’ll find associates who feel the same way. Being around others with a similar goal can help create a more rewarding experience.
Be in demand: The U.S. Census department estimates that by 2034, over 77 million Americans will be 65 or older. This growth makes the senior living industry an invaluable part of our economy. This industry is also expected to be one of the most stable and fastest-growing sectors in the United States.
This rapid growth is creating a demand for knowledge of seniors and aging, including estate planning, continuing education, senior-focused wellness, academic research and entertainment.
Flexible schedules: Memory Care facilities provide their important services 24/7, so there’s sure to be a schedule that works for you.
Learn lifelong skills: What you learn at a community, time management, building relationships, communication skills and being part of a team, are important experiences you’ll use throughout your career and life.

The Artis Senior Living Mission: To Care for the Human Being

At Artis Senior Living, our mission is to provide the best everyday life for older adults in need of Memory Care and Assisted Living. Our approach features individually designed programs combined with a compassionate dedication to each resident’s comfort and needs. By caring for the human being and remaining positive, we find and embrace opportunities that still exist for each resident, regardless of their diagnosis. You can find area career opportunities and learn how to join our team.