HOME Instead, the country’s largest private provider of home care services, has announced the creation of 60 new jobs in Mayo. The announcement is part of the company’s plans of adding 1,000 new jobs nationwide to the existing 4,000 thus facilitating the home-care of another 2,000 ageing adults in their own homes.
Speaking at the announcement, COO, Shane Jennings, said: “We’re inviting applications from people with an interest in care, to join us in helping older people live independent lives in their own homes and in their own communities.”
The caregivers ‘deliver a range of relationship-based non-medical care services to older people’.
‘Building the Caregiving Workforce Our Aging World Needs’, a new Global Workforce Report commissioned by Home Instead with the Global Coalition on Aging, has highlighted the urgency for the caregiving of older people with ‘the global population aged 65 and older set to more than double by 2050’.
Responding to the announcement, Jackie Henry, the General Manager of Home Instead in Mayo said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital support that caregivers provide to their clients and the link they provided to the outside world to those they were caring for. We’re tremendously proud of our caregiving team, and the work that they do to keep older people safe and well. We know that where possible older people want to continue living independent lives in their own homes and in their own communities.”
Commenting on the needs of older people in the coming year as that cohort grows, she said: “Home care can play an increasingly important role in providing care to our oldest and most vulnerable citizens. For the vast majority of older people, aging at home has better health outcomes, is less expensive than institutional care, and can help prevent unnecessary or premature admission to long-term residential care.”
Established in Ireland in 2005, Home Instead is the country’s largest private provider of home care services. It is an approved provider of HSE Home Support Services in all nine Community Health Organisations in the country, meaning that people aged over 65 can choose Home Instead for their non-medical home care services.