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5 Job Options for Older Adults Who Used to Teach

By Nancy Delwaide, 9:00 am on

Just because your senior loved one has retired from a lifelong career doesn’t mean he or she has nothing left to offer to the world. This is especially true for teachers who have spent a lifetime helping others. Whether your loved one needs the extra money or just wants something to do for a few hours a week, there are plenty of ways to put teaching experience to good use. 

1. Substitute Teacher 

If your loved one still loves teaching but doesn’t like the idea of returning to the classroom full-time, a substitute teaching job may be the solution. Your loved one can work as much or as little as he or she wants and take on jobs that last half a day or half a semester. This also allows your loved one to enjoy the school environment without making a major commitment. 

Working after retirement is one of the many ways seniors can maintain their independence and lead healthier lives. Oakville home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

2. School Staff Member

If your loved one misses the school environment, encourage him or her to return but in a different capacity. Schools need staff members to work in the office, serve food in the cafeteria, help in the library, drive buses, run after-school programs, coach sports, and work as teaching assistants. Your loved one will enjoy seeing the students without having to oversee them full-time.

3. Tutor

Private tutoring is a great way for former teachers to make extra money. As a matter of fact, many parents are willing to pay extra to someone with expertise in the field in which their child needs assistance. Retired teachers can work as much or as little as they want by tutoring one student or a dozen students each week. Tutoring is a great option for seniors with limited mobility because their pupils can come to them or meet them in a neutral location that is easily accessed. 

Seniors with limited mobility or other physical health conditions may need assistance with daily activities at home. Some seniors need occasional assistance at home, and oftentimes the family members who take care of them need time away to run errands, take a nap, go to work, or take a vacation. Oakville, Ontario, respite care experts from Home Care Assistance are available on an as-needed basis, giving your family peace of mind that your loved one will remain safe and comfortable while you relax or focus on other important responsibilities.

4. Corporate Trainer

Teaching adults how to navigate the corporate world is fairly similar to teaching kindergartners how to understand colors and numbers. The subject matter may be a little more complicated, but many of the same techniques and applications are used. Many former teachers welcome the opportunity to trade in young students for older ones, though some may find it a little more difficult. If your loved one is up for a challenge, encourage him or her to look for corporate training jobs. 

5. Daycare Worker 

If your loved one taught younger kids and misses being around little ones, perhaps a job at a local daycare or preschool is the answer. These jobs can be part-time or full-time. Whether it’s a national chain or a local church daycare, encourage your loved one to visit a few daycare centers in his or her neighborhood and find out if they have positions available. Being a former teacher may put him or her ahead of the other applicants.

Some seniors develop certain health conditions that make it difficult for them to work after retiring. Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Oakville seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more. To create a customized care plan for your elderly loved one, give us a call at (905) 337-1200 today.

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