Are you one of the almost 4 million people who retired prematurely because of the pandemic?
New AARP research found that about two in five workers age 50+, who had recently retired, left a job or considered leaving a job, wouldn’t have done so had it not been for the pandemic. The data also shoes that one in five retired earlier than planned because of the pandemic.
Now that the COVID crisis has eased, many of those early retirees are looking to rejoin the workforce – perhaps with a meaningful encore career, like caregiving.
“Many of our older caregivers want more than a paycheck. They want to try something new. They want to stay active. And, most importantly, they want to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Sierra Goetz, operations manager at the Home Care Advocacy Network. “With many years of life and work experience experience, retirees have so much to offer – that’s why they’re such great caregivers.”
In addition to the privilege of making a difference, Goetz said other factors make professional caregiving a good option, including:
Flexibility– You will often have the freedom to choose between working part-time, full-time, nights or weekends. You can tailor your schedule around hobbies, volunteering and spending time with your grandkids – whatever fits your lifestyle.
Additional income– Your retirement income might be enough to pay the bills, but it’s always nice to have a little extra set aside for special gifts, vacations, etc.
Diversity– No two clients are alike and every day is different – caregiving is never boring.
Training and support– At HCAN, we’ll make sure you’re fully trained before you enter a client’s home, and we’ll provide you with the support you need to overcome any challenge.
Appreciation from others– Helping others probably makes you feel good – but it makes others feel good, too! Our staff, as well as the families you serve, appreciate everything you do!
Lasting relationships– Building positive relationships with clients is one of the most important aspects of caregiving – and it’s the most fun. Our caregivers often form close bonds with seniors and their family – relationships that endure long after the job is done.
If you’re ready for your “second act” and think you have what it takes to be a professional caregiver, visit trailridgehomecare.com/careers.