Where Care Happens
More options for patients, more options for employees
Changes in how people receive healthcare have led to changes in where they receive care. Though most people think of a hospital when they think of healthcare, families, individuals, and elders receive care in a wide range of settings. The following settings have experienced growth in recent years:
The changes in how and where care happens have had great impact on the variety of jobs available, as well as the skills these jobs require.
Mouse over the graphic below to explore the diversity of settings in healthcare and learn more about what it is like to work in each.
Visit the employer directory to see the wide variety of healthcare employers in Western Massachusetts.
What is “patient-centered care”?
Patient-centered care keeps the patient’s needs and concerns at the center of planning and delivery of care.
Healthcare providers focus on the following:
- Respect and dignity
- Information sharing
Patient-centered care also means:
- More jobs providing care in the home and in community clinics
- An increasing need for workers with an interest and skills in working with the elderly
- The growing need for information technology professionals, and the need for strong computer skills in many positions