Local business hires more than 100 home health aides

You do not need a nursing degree or experience to apply. There is a thorough training process if hired.

NEW ORLEANS — Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been hearing about labor shortages in many industries, such as restaurants and tourism.

But there is another industry that is ready to hire workers immediately and you can decide your own hours.

Sparky Thacker doesn’t know what he would do without visits from Terry Pospisil.

“Like a friendship. Yeah, it’s like a good friend,” Thacker, a 52-year-old Home Place customer, said.

They make art together and exercise.

“I’m going to do a mile on Monday. I do a mile Thursday and Friday. And then Terry helps me with all sorts of other things like filling out paperwork, going to the dentist, doctor, etc. said Thacker.

Pospisil has been a successful musician, factory welder, baker, and highway construction worker, but for years now he’s enjoyed being an in-home caregiver with Home Place.

“Personally, the satisfaction of helping someone else when they need it most,” said Terry Pospisil, a caregiver at Home Replace.

“There is such a great need. People feel safer and more comfortable in their homes. I know it is,” said Monique Dieudonné, a former Home Place caregiver who is now director of human resources at the Metairie office.

Most Home Rather customers are seniors. And right now, the industry is facing a severe shortage of caregivers.

Some of the reasons there are shortages of home care providers are aging baby boomers and pandemic-related career changes. Also, during the pandemic, people have been able to spend more time at home with their loved ones and they have seen how they could benefit from home care.

“It’s mostly non-medical tasks like companionship, light housekeeping, transportation, personal care, the focus is always on companionship because that’s really what makes them thrive in this environment,” said Christian Rabito, marketing director at Home Rather, Metairie.

For Home Caregiver Appreciation Week, Home Replace is letting caregivers know how much they are appreciated, but they need to hire 125 more people immediately to keep up with demand.

“We are looking for people who really have that motivation. They want something that makes sense, and then they want to control their own destiny,” Dieudonné said.

And it is not only their own destiny, their working hours and schedules, but it gives comfort and care to the elderly in their later years.

You do not need a nursing degree or experience to apply. There is a thorough training process if hired.

Hours and working hours are flexible.

Call 504-455-4911 or visit the website to apply.

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