Caregiving careers offer opportunities and purpose

Sherrie Bennett recalls the first senior she cared for as a teenager and the deep connection she made with her resident.

Sherrie Bennett

“It was like they were my own grandparent,” says Sherrie. “That’s an experience that I’ll never forget.”

Today, Sherrie is Housing Manager at Meadow Creek Hospitality, an assisted living facility in the small town of Montevideo in west central Minnesota.

The growing demand for professional senior caregivers spans a wide spectrum of health care – from trained medical assistants (TMA’s) and certified nursing assistants (CNA’s) to licensed practical nurses (LPN’s), registered nurses (RN’s), RN managers and administrators.

“Opportunities for them are endless,” Sherrie says.

She hopes more young people will pursue a career in senior care and make the same life-changing connections with elders that she did.

“Younger people should consider caregiving as their path because it’s so rewarding,” Sherrie says. “I started as a young teenager as a CNA and was able to move up. There are so many opportunities that are out there.”

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