4 Impactful Careers to Obtain With A Bachelor’s Degree in Aging Services

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At Geneva, we seek to integrate faith and scripture into all aspects of our curriculum and those who go into aging services encapsulate our identity by helping and caring for our elderly population. Because of the United State’s increasingly aging population, elderly people need more and more assistance which is causing an increased need for those who have a bachelor’s degree in aging services. 

Consequently, careers all across the country are seeing an increase in industries that serve the aging population. In order to be the best fit for these growing directoral and managerial roles, a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Aging Services degree is a must have.

Geneva College’s fully online gerontology program makes furthering your education accessible and flexible so you can successfully balance your full or part-time work, family, faith and community commitments.   

Below you’ll find four careers you can obtain when you earn your Bachelor’s degree in Aging Services from Geneva College.  

1. Adult Day Center Director

An adult day center is usually a facility that provides services in a safe environment for adults during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Currently there are over 4,000 adult day center facilities in the United States.

These centers provide many services which may include: social activities, counseling, health monitoring, exercise programs, assistance with everyday tasks such as taking medicine, etc. 

Being a director at an adult day center can provide an impactful and extremely rewarding career. Although this role is mostly in an office setting, with little day-to-day interaction with clients, your job duties directly affect people on a regular basis. 

An adult day center director duties include: 

  • Marketing tasks for the day center
  • Onboarding new employees
  • Providing orientation for new clients
  • Managing the financial operations

2. Home Health Team Manager 

Home health care is in-home care provided by professionals instead of utilizing services at a nursing home or clinic. 

A home health team can encompass an array of professionals visiting a person in their home in order to provide services such as: occupational and physical therapy, speech therapy, and skilled nursing. 

The home health team manager helps keep things running smoothly by coordinating clinician schedules and assigning clinicians to patients. Additionally, the manager ensures compliance with policies and procedures, and that goals are met within budget expectations.

3. Nursing Home Director

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 15,000 nursing homes in the United States totaling 1.7 million licensed beds. Although many people wish to stay in their own home as they age, the main benefit of residing in a nursing home is the 24/7 access to appropriate care. 

The nursing home director is a key player in providing skilled care for the residents of nursing homes by maintaining the business side of the organization. 

Job duties of a nursing home director include: 

  • Ensuring the facility is compliant with federal, state and local regulations
  • Creating budgets, pursuing new clients, and fixing financial issues
  • Assigning responsibilities to staff to ensure the nursing home runs efficiently

4. Assisted Living Manager

More than half of assisted living residents, within the approximate 28,900 assisted living communities, are over 85 year old according to the National Center for Assisted Living. Assisted living facilities help these elderly individuals be as independent as possible while still receiving the necessary help a 24/7 facility offers. 

Assisted living managers have similar responsibilities when compared to a nursing home director, and so have duties heavily on the business end of the organization. You’ll often find the assisted living manager in an office setting unless he or she is meeting with staff or a new resident.

Learning How to Confidently Help the Aging Population at Geneva College 

Geneva College’s Bachelor’s degree in Aging Services prepares you to work with older adults in a variety of settings, not just the four career opportunities mentioned above.

Partnered with faith-based academics and Christ-focused faculty, you’ll be well equipped to take on new roles and become a passionate and confident professional in senior-care management.

Some of the courses that encompass the degree are: 

  • Legal Issues in Aging
  • Policies and Programs for Aging Populations
  • Professional Ethics in Aging
  • Aging Services, Systems, and Case Management

Learn more about our 100% online Bachelor’s in Aging Services program so you can become a leader in senior-care services this world desperately needs.

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