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Halifax company announces hiring blitz

Halifax company Home Instead is a launching a hiring week, starting, Jan. 25.

The company says it’s looking for more than 20 people to fill permanent part-time and full-time caregiving positions in the Halifax area.

Certifications such as Licensed Practical Nurse or Continuing Care Assistant are not required.

“We have some clients who just need some help with meal preparation and housekeeping, so there’s really no kind of prerequisite for the position,” said Brittany Keough, Director of Service and Engagement for Home Instead. “And we also do training in-house.”

A release from the company says in-home care for seniors “is one of today’s few fast-growing career opportunities that is only expected to increase in the future,” but Keough says finding workers is challenging, especially since the onset of COVID.

Home Instead says the pandemic has increased the desire of older folks to age at home, where they feel safest and most comfortable. The company says in-home care is in high demand and will continue to grow, so the jobs they’re advertising are secure.

“Hospitals and clinics are overwhelmed. Professional caregivers can serve as an extension of the healthcare system and play a critical role in keeping vulnerable Halifax seniors safe and healthy at home,” Alice McCarron, owner of the Halifax Home Instead office, said in a release.

Kehoe said wages are based on experience.

“Mostly all of our positions are hired on a casual part-time basis, just due to the nature of home care. Our clients can move into long-term care. But certainly, it’s flexible based on the applicant’s willingness to work full-time hours, there are usually lots of hours available,” she said. “It is above minimum wage. Our coordinator would be happy to discuss that, and then the benefits – we have health care benefits that are implemented after the probationary period if they’re looking to come on with us.”

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