There is good news this week for elderly residents of Schuylkill County who are in need of elder care but want to stay in their own homes: the Home Instead Senior Care office in Pottsville announced that it will be hiring 30 caregivers to its existing staff this year.
This is also welcomed news for residents of Schuylkill County who are looking for jobs, as the new positions will be part time with a flexible work schedule. In a press release, officials said this is “particularly good news for older Americans searching for second careers. Franchises anticipate mature workers will fill many of the job openings. Currently, about 30 percent of the network’s employees are 60 and older. Many part-time opportunities are available for those seeking to stay active professionally, at reduced hours.”
According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, this growth is a reflection of the increasing demand for home care professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for personal care aides is expected to grow by 70 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is much faster than the average for all other occupations.
The Home Instead Senior Care network is the world’s largest provider of nonmedical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises throughout the U.S. and a number of other countries. It employs nearly 65,000 trained caregivers. According to the company’s website, the Pottsville office was opened by a husband and wife team after they saw some of their extended family members and neighbors going directly into assisted living facilities and nursing homes.