The Rising Senior Housing Industry

Our society is getting older. In fact, the number of people between the ages of sixty five and eighty four is expected to rise by almost forty percent between the years 2010 and 2020.

Given our aging population, it is no surprise that the senior housing industry is on the rise. The industry is expected to continue to grow at a yearly rate of 4.2 percent.  There are already approximately one million people in the United States who are living is assisted living facilities and this is expected to rise to two million by 2030.

The number of assisted living facilities in the United States stands at around 30,000 and industry revenues are around 36.8 billion dollars.

Jobs in the Senior Housing Industry

Given the growth within the senior housing industry, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of jobs available within this sector. These jobs can be working within an aged care facility or simply providing services to the elderly.

Nurses and nursing aides are the main jobs that come to mind when someone thinks about working in an assisted living facility but there are a number of other occupations involved in providing services to the elderly.

There are jobs such as cooks and janitorial staff who are involved in the general upkeep and running of the actual facility. People with a business background are often found in management positions helping to run the position and ensure that the business remains viable.

Other occupations such as dietitians  occupational therapists and physiotherapists are required to provide service to the elderly within the senior housing industry.  A dietitian will ensure that elderly residents are eating well and getting all the essential nutrients that they need. Occupational therapists and physiotherapists will help the elderly retain independent mobility and the ability to use fine motor skills as well as helping to maintain cognitive skills.

A Job as a Public Notary

Many people are surprised to hear that public notaries are also involved with that many people may be surprised to hear that works with the elderly are notary republics. Public notaries can often be called upon to provide document notarization services for the elderly and can also help ensure that elderly residents are not taken advantage of.

Some of the documents that a notary may be called upon to sign include wills or changes to wills and documents granting someone power of attorney over an elderly residents affairs. These are the main documents that require a public notary and probably the most important.

The notary needs to ensure before notarizing any documents that the elderly person is not being coerced in any way. At times, a relative or friend may be trying to coerce an elderly person into signing over power of attorney or to change a will. A public notary needs to ensure that elderly people are signing the documents of their own free will. As a notary, you may want to talk to the elderly person in private to discuss the documents and if they are really something the elderly person wants to sign.

How to Become a Public Notary

In order to become a public notary, you must submit a public notary application to the proper authorities. You also need to ensure that you meet all of the requirements for the state to process your public notary application.

You can contact the individual state you live in to download the public notary application as well as obtain information about requirements and procedures for sending in the application.

Given the aging population and the growth of the senior housing industry, there are a number of job opportunities within this sector, public notaries among them. If you are looking for a job with a lot of growth potential and enjoy working with the elderly, then you may want to look into one of the many positions within the senior housing industry.  Sending in a public notary application to the proper authorities is one way to enjoy working with the elderly and provide a valuable service.

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