Senior Population boom means more Jobs for family caregivers in St. Charles
St. Charles Business Plans to Hire 25 Professional CAREGivers in 2015
ST. CHARLES, MO (June 9, 2015) – As America's aging population grows, a local senior care company is gearing up to meet the expected need for services. The Home Instead Senior Care® office serving St. Charles anticipates adding up to 25 professional CAREGiversSM to its staff by the end of 2015.
By 2050, it is predicted that the senior population will more than double from the 2010 numbers with a projected estimate of 88.5 million people aged 65 or older. As these seniors age, they often need help with their daily activities. In fact, about 29 percent of the U.S. population reports that it currently spends an average of 20 hours per week providing care for a chronically ill, disabled or aging loved one.
The demand for professional caregivers will continue to grow as they are an important component of the care continuum for seniors – helping seniors age safely in their homes while lightening the load for their family members.
"Whether a senior just needs some help running errands and doing some light cooking and cleaning, or they need round-the-clock care, having a professional CAREGiver can make a huge difference in the life of a senior and their family members," says Angie Adkisson, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in St. Charles. "The type of person who typically excels in this industry is compassionate and enjoys helping others. Those are the main requirements for the job. Beyond that, they could be a recent graduate, someone between jobs or someone who just wants to give back. It's really a broad range."
Karrah Oungst who was hired by Home Instead in December 2013, says that one of the things she likes about her job is the flexible schedule and the training provided.
"My training as a CAREGiver taught me the importance of learning to properly care for others, which will prepare me for other careers in health care as well," she says. "I now know how to incorporate activities and things seniors enjoy into their rehab programs to help them get better quicker and make the healing process less daunting."
The home care jobs that are available do not require prior training. Rather, newly hired individuals participate in the Home Instead CAREGiver training program to equip them with all the knowledge they need to get started. CAREGivers also have the opportunity to receive additional training throughout their careers in such areas as Alzheimer's care.
"We keep up on all of the latest news and industry standards in home care," says Adkisson. "And our training program helps to ensure that our CAREGivers are getting the information they need to better support seniors and their families."
For more information on the Home Instead Senior Care® network, please visit http://www.homeinstead.com/CAREGIVER/JOB-REQUIREMENTS/ or call (636) 477-6025.
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ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 16 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual's needs. Services span the care continuum -- from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer's care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.
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Each Home Instead Senior Care franchise is independently owned and operated.