74% of geriatric students decide to start these studies to make a job change
It is still a very feminized sector, with 94% female students, according to data from Deusto Salud
BY RRHHDigital, 13:30 – 09 November 2020
The health crisis, and its particular incidence in the elderly, presupposes a greater interest in training for the geriatric sector. According to data provided by Deusto Salud, the number of students choosing to take geriatric courses has doubled over the past year: “This increase is due to the fact that the current health crisis has shown the importance of the figure of the caregiver and who has a specific training ”, Deusto Salud, an online continuing education center specializing in health and well-being, which currently teaches the higher course in geriatrics and gerontology.
A woman’s job
Despite this increase, workers linked to the elderly sector remain exclusively women, figures which will not change in the medium term: “Currently, 94% of students enrolled in geriatrics are women”, according to sources from Deusto Salud: ” We are facing one of the most feminized professions in the labor market. “
Another remarkable aspect is that a good part of the students who decide to start these studies do so to make a change of job. This is stated by 74% of students. In addition, 32% are already working in the health field and are looking for a specialization in this field.
Home care, a system full of advantages
Another reason for this increase is the current pandemic situation. Home care is more and more present and in recent months its demand has increased among chronic patients and patients over 65: “Many family members, due to the problems caused during the pandemic, are safer ”, they say of Deusto Salud:“ And at this stage, it is essential that they entrust their relatives to people with specific training in this area ”.
According to experts, and with social health services on the verge of saturation, specific caregivers for the elderly are a good alternative for carrying out daily tasks such as supervising the elderly in their care, controlling their medication. daily, and cleaning, preparing meals, running errands or accompanying the doctor.
All of this offers individualized care and the creation of routines that make older people more active, independent and better cared for. But not only, when older people are in their own homes, they feel safer and more comfortable. In addition, this entire care system involves a lower economic cost than if this care were provided in residence.