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Aging Population Means Increased Demand for Professional CAREGivers
By Monica Seger

The personal and home care job category will be the second fastest-growing job group in the nation over the next few years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The good news is that this means plenty of career opportunities. The challenge is finding enough workers to fill these positions.

Home Instead CAREGivers help seniors live independently and safely in their own homes or in residential care facilities. The growing number of seniors who wish to age in place (about 86%, according to research), as well as the fact that up to 29 percent of Americans reportedly spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for a chronically ill, disabled or aging loved one, is fueling the demand for more professional care providers.

"Typically, our CAREGivers help seniors with their non-medical needs such as companionship, personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, medication reminders, appointments and shopping," says Monica Seger, Home Instead Senior Care Human Resources Manager. "These are things that family members just can't do all the time. Particularly when they are working and have other family obligations."

From a worker's point of view, the job requirements for being a home care provider are attractive. Comprehensive training is provided and CAREGivers have varying levels of education. A job such as this can give individuals an opportunity to work with others and make a real difference in the community. It's also a job where you can choose your schedule so it is ideal for those taking care of their own families or looking for a second job."

"We have female and male CAREGivers from every walk of life, and every age group," says Seger. "In fact, we've discovered that seniors themselves make great CAREGivers. The opportunity to schedule work hours is important to our employees, as is the comprehensive orientation, as well as the ongoing training and support we offer to develop our CAREGivers to be the best they can be."

Monica Seger is a Human Resources Manager at Home Instead Senior Care. For more information about a career in CAREGiving, please visit http://www.homeinstead.com/CAREGIVER/JOB-REQUIREMENTS/ or call 1-866-996-1087 for a local Home Instead office near you.

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