Senior care boosts jobs

As the population ages, more Canadians are retiring in the Okanagan – which means more employment opportunities in the care sector.

According to current stats, it's believed that by 2036, the number of Canadians aged 65 and older will more than double 2009 levels.

Home Instead Senior Care says the trend presents a significant employment opportunity in the Okanagan.

The company is looking to hire at least 25 professional caregivers in Kelowna and Penticton by the end of the year.

“Whether a senior just needs some help running errands and doing some light cooking and cleaning, or they need round-the-clock care, having a professional caregiver can make a huge difference in the life of a senior and their family members,” says owner Don Henke.

Henke says professional caregivers are an important component of the spectrum of care, as they help seniors meet their needs while remaining in the comfort of their own home, while also lightening the load for family members.

“Being a caregiver has given me a good work-life balance that a lot of people I know don’t have in their jobs,” says local caregiver Ruth. “Plus, it’s so rewarding to get to know my clients on a personal level, and know that I’m making their lives better.”

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