How Medical Assistants Make a Difference in the Lives of the Elderly

Medical Assistant Helping an Elderly Woman.

 

If you’ve always dreamed of a career where you could help others every day, healthcare is a great option that offers dependability and fulfillment. As a Medical Assistant working in geriatrics, you could have even more of an impact. There’s something truly unique about helping people who have vast life experience but just can’t do all they once did. Here’s how you could make a difference in their lives:

Impact Someone’s Life Every Day

Whether you work with the elderly in their home or at a nursing home, you can provide services and assistance they really need and will appreciate. You’re not just someone who comes in to take their vital signs and makes sure they take their medication. You also help them bathe, get dressed, and eat well. Most importantly, you can offer them emotional support. You provide a vital service to your patients by aiding them in their personal care and mental health.

Identifying Health Issues

Because you’ll probably see your patients more than any other member of the healthcare team, you may be the first to notice changes in how they behave or feel. Whether it’s a blip in their vitals or changes in the way they respond to treatment, what you observe can be crucial to their overall care. Maybe they’re reluctant to take their medications or they don’t want to do physical therapy. Your question to them is: What’s up? But your answer to the doctors and nurses treating them is: Something’s going on. Pay attention. You are the perfect liaison to the rest of the team. When you can get your patient and the healthcare team on the same page, you’re being an awesome advocate for your patient and helping everyone achieve the results they want: better treatment.

Combat Loneliness

One of the toughest parts of aging is losing family and friends who’ve shared common experiences. While you may not be a peer to your patients, you can allow them to tell you stories of the good ‘ol days. It will help them feel valued and important. Many of your patients will come to look forward to their time with you. Some may even think of it as the highlight of their whole day! Have a positive attitude and lots of compassion and you can make a huge difference in your patient’s happiness and desire to get better. And as you help them, you can benefit from all the experience and knowledge your patients have to offer. Seniors have a wealth of information to share. Listen and learn!

Working as a medical assistant for the elderly means you will have the privilege of providing great care, to a worthy population. You’ll also know that your expertise will be in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for medical assistants is expected to rise much faster than average through 2026. And Michigan is among the top employers of medical assistants in the country, with more than 22,000 medical assistants employed in 2017.

If you are interested in working with the elderly as a medical assistant, check out the healthcare training programs at Career Quest Learning Centers. We offer our Medical Assistant diploma program at all four of our Michigan campuses: Bay City, Jackson, Lansing, and Mt. Pleasant. It even includes a 180-hour externship so you can get some real hands-on experience. Fill out the form and we’ll answer any questions you have.

SUCCESS STORY

“I tried community college and it was not for me; I was just overwhelmed. I learn better in small groups. At Career Quest, it was almost like a family. Everyone’s willing to help one another and the teachers are awesome. I’ll be sad to leave!” 

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“Coming here after I was laid off at my job actually gave me an appetite for more education.”