As Ireland’s ageing population grows, Home Instead Senior Care is gearing up to meet the expected need for services. The professional home care provider anticipates adding up to 2,000 professional caregivers to its staff by the end of 2019.
The most recent population projections from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed 2016 levels of 637, 567 aged 65 years and older 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 good news is that this means plenty of career opportunities. The challenge is finding enough workers to fill these positions.
“Those of us in the senior care industry know how rewarding it is. And it’s exciting that it’s growing so fast,” says Shane Jennings, COO of Home Instead Senior Care. “But rapid growth means that we’re always looking for caring and hardworking people to help us fill the demand for CAREGivers.
“We are currently recruiting CAREGivers across the country. We are interested in CAREGivers from every walk of life, and every age group. In fact, we’ve discovered that seniors themselves make great CAREGivers with many retired guards, teachers and nurses becoming CAREGivers as they want to continue giving back to their community. We also have family carers who understand first-hand the difference caring makes in the lives of their loved ones and so want more seniors to benefit, and then we have those who have always just known this is the profession they were born to do.”
Home Instead CAREGivers help seniors live independently and safely in their own homes for as long as possible. “Typically, our CAREGivers help seniors with their non-medical needs such as companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, errands, shopping and personal care,” says Mr. Jennings. “These are things that family members just can’t do all the time. Particularly when they are often working and have other family obligations.”
From a CAREGiver’s point of view, Patsy O’Sullivan, who has been a Home Instead CAREGiver for 8 years, says that one of the things she likes about her job is being able to help others. “The jobs offers CAREGivers the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing people. It’s also a flexible job for those taking care of their own families or have other commitments in their lives.”
“I love my work and if I can go to bed at night knowing that I have made a difference, I rest well.”
For more information about a career in CAREGiving, visit HomeInstead.ie, or call 1890 989 416.