I just returned from spending two days in Columbus, OH at the Ohio Healthcare Association Conference with my AGE-u-cate colleague V'Ann Guiffre. I now realize how much I have missed interacting in person with "my people." There is just something about people that work in Aging Services! I won't do justice in explaining what I mean, but you know, there is just something there.
In a recent article published by McKnight's Senior Living, a survey of caregivers in Texas showed that while pay was an important factor in staying in the senior services field, it wasn't the only driver of satisfaction. This is contrary to what most managers believe. The study listed feeling respected, job flexibility and pride in the physical workplace as important to staff connected to their work. So, how can the industry make small, but impactful shifts to improving retention among caregivers and other roles? Here are a few simple ideas to get your wheels turning:
The delta COVID-19 variant seems to be ushering in an understandable second round of pandemic-induced anxiety. Aging Services providers, and those that serve them, are still traumatized from the first go-around. Enough time has not passed to allow for a psychological re-set to cope with a do-over. So, what are we to do?