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Seniorgram: A Workforce in Need

woman in mask with arm around older womanHome Care Workers Enjoy Flexibility and a Deep Sense of Fulfillment

Massachusetts is one of a handful of states where efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 have been widely successful, but this in no way means we are out of the woods.  While we are on solid ground, with success at our backs, we face a potential second wave.  LifePath and many other agencies have been rising to meet the continual challenges of helping those in need to survive the pandemic.

This COVID-19 pandemic has touched everyone, across the world.  One silver lining is social distancing, quarantine, and isolation gave us all a Great Pause-a time for reflection on our lives, and our communities.  We had to come to a full stop in our hurried lives and resulting from this, many are now re-evaluating their career/life paths.  For some, stepping up and helping when a family member or neighbor was in need not only deepened the strength of community, but opened up new opportunities for a highly rewarding career in Home Health Care.  The tasks Home Care workers help with-bathing, dressing, getting out of bed, meal preparation, laundry, and shopping-are critical for anyone to maintain their health and safety.

We had to come to a full stop in our hurried lives and resulting from this, many are now re-evaluating their career/life paths.  

Hospitals and medical professionals are seeing the benefit of keeping an individual at home, with services intact, rather than in a hospital or nursing facility, and thereby freeing up capacity and limiting potential exposure.  Nursing facilities sadly remain hot spots for the spread of the virus at this time and home care services are a viable and safe alternative for most.  Home Care workers are well trained and equipped with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Due to this increase in home care necessity, there is a fast growing need for more Home Care workers.

Home Care workers are welcomed into residences, many times like family members, to provide essential services so that elders and individuals with disabilities may maintain their dignity and independence.  The majority of home care workers report a deep sense of fulfillment and job satisfaction.  They experience the privilege of making a difference in the lives of an elder, a person with a disability, and their family.  Those of you who already have a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), Homemaker, or Home Health Aide understand how vital these workers are and, in many cases, how they are a welcome break in the isolation imposed by the pandemic. 

Workers enjoy a flexible schedule and can work as much or as little as they want, which is a perfect career opportunity for the newly unemployed, the new high school or college graduate, or for a parent looking for part-time hours.  This work experience often becomes a stepping stone to a career in healthcare as Home Care workers are considered Essential Healthcare Providers. 

Perhaps you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who is looking for a new career path, who would enjoy this wonderful way to serve the community while also getting paid for rewarding work.  Please help spread the word that Home Care workers are vitally needed, now more than ever, when wellbeing can best be achieved in the safety of one’s home. 

LifePath contracts with the following Home Care agencies who are currently hiring new workers.  Training is provided: Arcadia New England, Associated Home Care, At Home Senior Care, Barton's Angels, Care Central VNA & Hospice, Catholic Charities, Elara Caring, Excel Nursing Services, Interim Healthcare, International Health Solutions, O'Connell Care at Home, Overlook VNA, and Victory Home Healthcare.  To find contact information for these agencies please visit Direct Care Worker Opportunities Outside of LifePath.

According to Mike Hynek, Human Resources Generalist at O’Connell Care at Home, “O'Connell Care at Home cannot express how thankful we are for all the aides that are currently working on the front lines.  We recognize their immense sacrifices and understand the important role they play in keeping our communities safe during these trying times."  O’Connell Care at Home is currently hiring for Home Care Aide positions in all four of their offices located in Deerfield, Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield.  Anyone with experience in being a PCA, HHA, or CNA is encouraged to apply, as is anyone with interest in Home Care.  Please visit O'Connell Care at Home's Career Opportunities webpage to learn more about available positions.

Also, Catholic Charities is holding a job fair on August 4th, 2020, at 91 Main St., Greenfield, MA, 01301, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in the back of the parking lot to allow for social distancing.  According to Paula Nicholson, Regional Supervisor of Catholic Charities’ Greenfield/Shelburne Falls offices, Home Care workers who work for Catholic Charities provide a range of services from basic house cleaning, laundry, and groceries; as well as personal care, appointment escorts, and companionship.  “It is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants either full- or part-time work, or even retirees looking for some extra income.  Benefits are available,” says Nicholson, “Because our clients depend on our services, we are looking for responsible workers who can be dedicated to the care of these people.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please call us at 800-244-4563.”