I’m pretty excited for the fact that I will be starting a new job soon, hopefully in the next week or so. They’re running drug screen tests, TB skin test, a physical, background check and all that good stuff. I will be working as an RN case manager for the hospice program at the assisted living facility in Pleasanton and look forward to it as I love working with the elderly. Unfortunately, the focus will be end of life care, rather than treatment to get better.
I feel truly honored to have the opportunity to be there for the patient and family in this time of need and support and to provide the patient with the highest quality of care and compassion which they deserve. Hospice is a new area for me so training will be provided as there is a lot involved because direct patient care. I have to understand regulations governing hospice, medicare, medicaid and regulations within the assisted living facility. It will be a great learning curve but I am up for the challenge.
As I mentioned before I have great love and passion in working with the elderly population. In fact I have thought about running my own small care home for the elderly. The idea of doing something so rewarding and providing exceptional service is great but there is so much that goes into running a care home besides the care aspect. First of all, trying to purchase an already existing care home business is difficult and if there is one on the market, it usually has a high vacancy rate.
There is also the option of using a home you already own or purchasing a home and renovating it to conform to code and regulation for a care home. Obviously it will cost extra money but may be a worthy investment if you run your business long-term. I have looked into all this and decided that I wasn’t quite ready to take on the stress of managing a care home 24-7, dealing with admissions, residents getting sick and having to go to the hospital, discharges, finding new residents, appointments, etc. If anybody is up for this it can be a very rewarding and profitably opportunity.
So, the second best thing for me was to find a job that encompassed working with the elderly, but I could go home at the end of the day and not have to worry about my job.