Home Care Business Plans to Hire 1,000 Professional Caregivers
As Ireland’s ageing population grows, a senior care company is gearing up to meet the expected need for services. The Home Instead Senior Care® national network anticipates adding up to 1,000 professional caregivers to its staff by the end of 2015.
The most recent population projections from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed 2011 levels of 532,000 old people could reach 860,700 by 2026, and increase by a further 470,000 by 2046.
As the population ages, more and more people will need help with their daily activities. In fact, according to Carers Ireland, there are already 161,000 family carers in Ireland who look after family members of friends in their own home.
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 Ed Murphy, CEO and Founder of Home Instead Senior Care in Ireland. “The type of person who typically excels in this industry is compassionate and enjoys helping others. Those are the main requirement 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.”
Patsy O’Sullivan, who has been a Home Instead caregiver for 6 years, says that one of the things she likes about her job is being able to help others.
“I can truly say, I have got more from my role as a caregiver than I have given. It is a privilege to help all those I have been caring for. I love my work and if I can go to bed at night knowing that I have made a difference, I rest well. I’m a firm believer that we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others remains and is immortal.”
The home care jobs that are available do not require prior training. Rather, newly hired individuals participate in the Home Instead caregiver training programme 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 specialist Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
“We keep up on all of the latest news and industry standards in home care. And our training programme helps to ensure that our caregivers are getting the information they need to better support seniors and their families,” he continues.
For more information on the Home Instead Senior Care® network and current vacancies, please visit here or call 1890 930 847.