Despite the sluggish recovery from the recession and an unemployment rate that remains stubbornly stagnant, the in-home care sector is exploding, hiring locally and nationally. Providing in-home care is one of the hottest jobs in 2014. Why? More people are living longer and need more help, so they can remain in their own homes rather than go to the hospital, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home.

That’s why SYNERGY HomeCare, a national non-medical in-home care company with offices in our area, is hiring responsible, compassionate people to serve its local booming senior population. In 2014 alone, the company expects to hire up to 19,000 in-home care caregivers nationwide, with hundreds hired right in this area. This is good news for the 1.3 million unemployed Americans whose jobless benefits recently expired and who need a job now!

Graying of America yields green rewards

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites inhome care as one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in the country.

Job sites Career Builder and Monster list in-home care as a career to watch.

Kiplinger’s, a leading publication on finance and business, forecasts that in-home care will be one of the fastest growing careers, with an increased demand for these workers over the next few years.

“By 2020, the ranks of home health and personal care aides will have grown by more than 1.3 million. That’s a 70 percent increase,” says Richard Basch, president of SYNERGY HomeCare. “The in-home care industry is helping to tackle the employment challenges facing local communities and the country right now. We provide a significant number of rewarding jobs, while at the same time improving the quality of life for seniors.”

Rewarding second chance career

Julie Gilmore from Dayton, Ohio, lost her 15- year retail job after the company she worked for closed down. With jobs scarce and money tight, the 48-year-old mother of two wasn’t sure what to do next. After visiting an elderly friend who was receiving in-home care, Julie was inspired to become a caregiver.

For more than a year, Julie has been caring for the elderly in her new job as a SYNERGY Home- Care caregiver. Her duties include helping seniors with light housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing, and companionship. “I love being able to support my family again,” she says. “But even better, I now get paid to do a job I feel good about. My job as a caregiver is so rewarding.”

Behind the boom

In-home care job growth is tied to the explosion of elderly baby boomers who want to age in their own homes rather than go to nursing homes or assisted care facilities.

• As of January 1, 2011, each day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65.

• 89 percent of baby boomers say they want to age at home.

• The average 65- year-old today can expect to live another 20.4 years.

• 85 percent of persons 65 years of age and over will require some form of caregiving assistance within their lifetime.

These figures will rise significantly as our population continues to “age up” appreciably over the next decade.

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