Introducing TIM DRIVER, the driving force behind RetirementJobs.com & MatureCaregivers.com & in-the-works Age Friendly Advisor, which will offer crowd-sourced ideas as well as reviews on a wide range of timely topics.
Driver co-founded RetirementJobs.com back in 2006. There’s no disputing his deep business experience – including group director at AOL’s Programming & Strategic Business units, where he built numerous consumer-related offerings, including the AOL Careers Channel – but his interest in recognizing & helping overcome ageism in the workplace hit close to home. His father lost his banking position to someone younger, found he couldn’t find work in his field. What had been a canny business idea became a personal passion.
RetirementJobs.com was developed as a way to both build a major league career site for job seekers who were 50+ ~and~ identify employers who welcomed mature workers. Tim had seen ageism in his career, knew that people like his Dad needed help with a savvy job hunt. They developed the Certified Age Friendly Employer program, that steers people to companies eager for their skills & mastery. Employers who apply for consideration are thoroughly vetted by the Research & Certification unit before any decision.
The innovative program has been recognized by the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, by AARP & by the White House, which invited them to work with policy makers on engaging older people more effectively with their communities.
MatureCaregivers.com was a natural build off their success at RetirementJobs.com. They realized that direct care was a great match for older workers – instead of an age bias against older workers, the closer in age someone is to their client, the better the bond tends to be, leading to more satisfaction on both sides, translating into less turn over, longer employment periods.
Many 50+ job seekers place flexibility higher on their list of preferences & look for a different sort of satisfaction from their second career; the ability to develop relationships often gets the weight that opportunity for advancement had in their first.
A major plus they bring is the reality that many folks 50+ are experienced in direct care, having raised a family, perhaps as support for a younger with a long-term illness or disability, been responsible for an elderly loved one. Another bonus is they are more likely to pick up on a change in appetite, attitude or appearance & more likely to tactfully mention it to family.
The problem that developed for Tim & his company was that while job seekers DID find satisfaction in the work & in their clients, a large number were NOT happy with the small companies or large agencies they worked FOR.
Tim & his associates realized the only way to overcome that problem was to launch their own service.
Tim brings his extensive experience at AOL & with several start-ups to bring TECHNOLOGY into direct care. Of special interest to me is the company’s use of blogs with daily entries by each caregiver. Whenever a new posting is entered, an e-mail is sent to the main contact, keeping him or her fully in the loop & always having the option of getting into a dialogue about the loved one’s care. Amen & hallelujah!
E-mail has been a significant tool in my work with oldsters elders ancients, a god send for connecting with a client’s family. Because I contact them if I have a concern, if there’s a fall (astonished at how many times a CCR does not inform them) or other issue, they have peace of mind when I don’t. Love the idea of a dedicated, confidential blog!
From the family, advantages includes the greater chance of a hiring a long-term aide (the turn-over rate for agency care is 60% to Tim’s 15%); less chance of disruption of care due to a sick child or a school closure/late start; the deeper experience older workers bring & often better communication skills.
My experience with families is that they hope I’ll consider & treat their loved one like one of my own~ without overstepping my bounds, that I’ll form a friendship that helps feed the olders need for relationship ~ without getting too chummy, and -above all – that I am kind & thoughtful & understanding when s/he is cranky or worse. It feels like older, more life-experienced people are better equipped to strike the balance of being friendly without being overly familiar, of sharing information while always respecting the family as primary, of giving though-out opinions while never forgetting who are the decision makers. Of being a combination of care provider, friend & advocate.
Finding support for a beloved parent or relative is emotional for the children & the older loved one. MatureCaregivers.com looks like it offers a great combination of old-fashioned caring & newfangled technology.
Caveat – the services are currently limited to six states & I have not been able to discover which six. Will update as soon a I find out. Also, the only reviews (just 2?) are from 2016, so I recommend doing some digging, getting credible recommendations.