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As Unemployment Soars, Home Care Job Opportunities Abound in Durham Region

CATHY DOW Home Instead

DURHAM: The nation’s unemployment rate reaching its highest point in history this year, 13.7 percent in May, job opportunities in labour-abundant industries, such as retail and dining, are running dry. In December alone, Canada’s economy lost more than 63,000 jobs, meaning February will see about 636,000 fewer Canadians employed when compared to the same time last year.

Though jobs remain scarce in many industries, major online retailers and grocery stores have ramped up hiring during the pandemic, adding 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 care-giving.

“The demand for home care has grown exponentially, over the last several years, and it continues to grow as more seniors isolate because of the pandemic,” said Cathy Dow, owner of the Home Instead franchise, serving Durham East, office. “Hospitals and clinics are overwhelmed. Professional caregivers can serve as an extension of the healthcare system and play a critical role in keeping vulnerable Durham seniors safe and healthy at home.”

From assisting with personal care and preparing meals, to running errands and providing companionship, care givers help seniors with simple tasks enabling them to remain in their homes. The role is ideal for individuals seeking long-term job stability with a flexible schedule and supportive environment, and continued opportunities for career growth.

“Care giving is simply doing things to enhance the quality of life for older adults and help[ing to] keep them independent for as long as possible,” said Dow. “It can be a rewarding career for individuals from every walk of life and age group.”

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 who support the needs of older adults.

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