As Unemployment Soars, Home Care Job Opportunities Abound in Phoenix
By Lisa Padilla -
Monday Jan 11, 2021
With the nationâ€™s unemployment rate at its highest in nearly half a century, job opportunities in labor-abundant industriesâ€”such as retail and diningâ€”are running dry. On average, more than 775,000 Americans each week have filed a new unemployment claim since the start of November.
Though jobs remain scarce in many industries, major online retailers and grocery stores have ramped up hiring during the pandemic, adding hundreds of thousands of employees to their workforce to meet growing consumer demand. While these companies continue to gain attention for rapid expansion, a lesser-known industry is setting out on a hiring expedition of its own: in-home caregiving.
â€œThe demand for home care has grown exponentially over the last several yearsâ€”and it continues to grow as more seniors isolate because of the pandemic,â€ said Kelly Cornelius, owner of the Phoenix Home Instead office. â€œHospitals and clinics are overwhelmed. Our professional caregivers can serve as an extension of the healthcare system and play a critical role in keeping vulnerable seniors safe and healthy at home.â€
With more area seniors and families seeking support, Home Instead offices across Maricopa county are looking to fill more than 200 permanent CAREGiver positions and may offer a sign-on bonus to qualified candidates.
As part of Home Insteadâ€™s hiring week, area franchises are encouraging local individuals to explore a career path in home care. Applicants interested in full-time or part-time positions can visit HomeInstead.com/careers to learn more about working at Home Instead.
From assisting with personal care and preparing meals, to running errands and providing companionship, CAREGivers help seniors with simple tasks that enable them to remain in their homes. The role is ideal for individuals seeking long-term job stability with a flexible schedule and supportive environment as well as continued opportunities for career growth.
â€œCaregiving is simply doing things to enhance the quality of life for older adults and help keep them independent for as long as possible,â€ said Cornelius. â€œWe like to say that it takes a special person to become a Home Instead CAREGiverâ€¦not a special degree. It can be a rewarding career for individuals from every walk of life and age group.â€
Additional growth in the industry is expected for years to come. According to the United Nations, the global population over the age of 65 is expected to triple to 426 million by the year 2050. As a result of this rapid population shift, there will be an increased need for passionate and dedicated individuals in the industries that support the needs of older adults.
For more information about career opportunities at Home Instead, training and benefits, or to apply for a caregiving position, visit http://www.HomeInstead.com/careers or call 602-857-9221.