More and more retirement homes are popping up all over the country and the chances are that at least a couple of them are somewhere near you. This is the type of place you might never have considered looking for work but some of them might have hiring jobs for 17 year olds.
In order to work in a place like this you will have to be a teenager who is very respectful, polite, even tempered, patient, upbeat, and enjoys being around older people. If you have a spotless job record you might inquire to find out what types of jobs you qualify for.
I have three cousins who worked in the dining room area of an assisted living home when they were teenagers. It does take a special type of person who enjoys interacting with senior citizens who are often times not in the best of shape. That is why patience and understanding would be two of the top qualities you would have to have.
These types of retirement homes employ maids, waiters, cooks, serving people, and need help in other areas as well so there are opportunities for teenagers. As a 17 year old you might try to locate what retirement communities are near you and stop in to find out if they have any job openings. The turnover rate of employees in this type of business is usually quite high so that means they are often looking for good people.
To find the communities near you please search online for: retirement communities, retirement homes, assisted living communities, continuing care communities and add your city or town.