Updated: February 02, 2021 08:18 AM
Created: February 01, 2021 09:54 PM
(ABC 6 NEWS) - At-home senior care employment opportunities rising. Seniors are choosing to stay in their homes rather than move to assisted living or retirement communities because of safety reasons surrounding the pandemic, which is creating more jobs to fill for in-home care.
"Our clients want to stay home. They don't want the risk of being isolated in a care facility; they want their family to be able to come and see them," Peggy Nixa, a caregiver for Home Instead, said.
Home Instead has seen an increase in inquiries for many reasons.
"It allows the opportunity for seniors to age in place, and that is huge. It's about comfort; it's about what's known, it's about being able to continue to do the things that bring life to that senior and bring meaning to their life," Michael Licatino, Executive Director at Home Instead, said.
At-home care offers a more personal experience for individuals over 65. "In-home care is primarily one to one. One caregiver, one client. So, from the caregivers' perspective, that's a nice piece because you know that when you walk into work, like 'my focus is on you today, just you,'" Licatino said.
All while making safety a priority to keep seniors safely in their homes.
Southeast Minnesota has seen an increase in in-home care interest, even if they haven't considered it in the past, because of COVID-19 visiting restrictions.
"Families ability to keep a strong, close, personal and physical connection with their loved ones that they are able to do when their loved ones are aging in-home," Licatino said.
The benefits aren't just to those seniors receiving the care. "It has been one of the most rewarding times of my life," Nixa said, a caregiver for 4 years.
Even just helping with daily tasks can make a difference for those seniors in need. "Today, for instance, I walked a dog, I got groceries for people, I socialized, I played Rummikub with someone," Nixa said.
Even beyond the pandemic, these jobs will need to be filled.
"That need for quality, compassionate homecare professionals is not going away ever. It's here to stay," Licatino said.
For more information about career opportunities at Home Instead, training and benefits, or to apply for a caregiving position, visit HomeInstead.com/careers.
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