Caregiver Jobs in Sonoma County
The graying of America presents incredible career opportunities for the field of Senior Care.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the aging of baby boomers is responsible for this dramatic shift in demographics. Based on data from the 2010 Census, the bureau projects that by 2050 the number of people aged 65 and older will grow to 83.7 million, nearly double the 43.1 million in 2012.
One of the greatest concerns of this growing block of baby boomers is that they may not be able to live out their lives under their own roof. A survey by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) reveals that 89 percent of people aged 50 and older say they prefer to remain in their own home indefinitely as they age.
Sequoia Senior Solutions Inc., with its headquarters in Petaluma, is riding the wave of these statistics by training its employees to serve this burgeoning population.
One thing that sets this company apart is its stellar reputation for winning the North Bay Business Journal Best Places to Work Award for a total of nine years, with the past six years consecutive wins. The companies awarded are those whose employees give the best feedback regarding their jobs and their employers.
Gabriella Ambrosi, President and CEO of Sequoia Senior Solutions, said winning the award is “confirmation that our employees are engaged and connected both to our company and to our clients.”
To be eligible for the award, at least 60 percent of Sequoia Senior Solutions’ employees had to respond to the survey.
The key to the company’s success is investing in the potential of every employee and offering flexibility so each can thrive personally and professionally.
“Every single employee in our company is valued as a person,” Ambrosi said. “We provide flexibility when it comes to work hours, as well as time off from work. Many of our employees are mothers of young children. We are in the caring business and it starts with caring for our employees.”
The training is not limited to Sequoia Senior Solutions’ caregivers. Each member of the office staff is automatically enrolled in a yearly subscription to Fred Pryor Seminar CareerTrack, which offers over 3,000 professional online courses and day long seminars. Each staff member is urged to take advantage of these offerings and the completion of monthly classes is included in their bonus package.
New staff positions are always offered to the caregivers before being published outside of the company. Jonathan Woolbright began his career with Sequoia Senior Solutions as a caregiver. While working, he completed his Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management. He is currently the company’s Director of Human Resources. “We hire amazing individuals to work with our seniors. As the market grows and new staff positions open up, we like to offer our employees the chance to grow into positions of responsibility. This allows for long term relationships with our employees and allows them to maintain contact with the clients with whom they have created strong personal relationships.”
Caregiver training covers the gamut from safe transferring of clients to a hands-on Hospice class, and everything in-between. Office staff can take classes ranging from Business Communication to Sales Training, including classes in Microsoft Office and Project Management.
Sally Pyne, a 10-year employee, said the company’s comprehensive training is impressive, a key reason it continues to win the Best Places to Work Award.
“Sequoia Senior Solutions has the highest level of integrity of any company I’ve ever worked for,” Pyne said. “The owners and the office staff have always provided everything I’ve ever needed to feel like I was completely prepared for any assignment. They’ve also given me opportunities to expand my skills.”
Judy Packard, an employee who has been with the company for four years, is equally impressed by the breadth of training offered by Sequoia Senior Solutons.
“They are continually wanting us to upgrade our training,” she said. “I have learned so much since working at Sequoia Senior Solutions.”
Packard said it is fitting that the company keeps winning the Best Places to Work Award because the employees are dedicated to reaching their full potential.
“We caregivers,” Packard said, “want to be the best we can be.”