Homecare of the Rockies offers advanced, paid training, full-time hours, and benefits for those who want a meaningful career in caregiving, rather than just a job.
You’ve heard the statistics: 50 million older Americans, many of them with complex care needs, will require help to live at home. That means caregivers are in demand and caregiving is becoming one of the fastest growing careers in the country. More than 5.4 million direct-care professionals will be needed in just the next seven years, according to PHI, the nation’s leading authority on the direct care workforce.
And, to meet the already growing need and raise the standard of in-home care for older adults in the region, HomeCare of the Rockies is moving to hire more full-time caregivers – people who want to work 32 to 40 hours, or more – right now.
Currently, many caregivers work fewer than 15 hours a week and too few are carrying the bulk of the caregiving hours. This means that an older adult may see several different caregivers each week and that is unsettling to them and makes it hard to deliver consistent care, says Sandi McCann, President of HomeCare of the Rockies, which provides in-home care to families in Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Broomfield, Loveland, and all surrounding areas.
Older adults have expressed their desire to work with one or two familiar caregivers each week, McCann says. And, most caregivers also want that kind of stability and to feel part of a connected and cohesive care team.
With more HomeCare of the Rockies caregivers delivering full-time care, older adults will receive that care continuity and caregivers will also get the support they need.
More full-time caregivers are also expected to help counteract the industry-wide turnover rate of more than 65 percent and help to maintain a sustainable and viable in-home care business.
For those caregivers who do opt-in and take on full-time hours, HomeCare of the Rockies offers extensive caregiver support.
Often, agencies are slow or reluctant to make changes and support the caregiver with these kinds of income opportunities and educational programs, says Stephen Tweed, author of Conquering the Crisis, and a health care expert and consultant at Leading Home Care, who advises owners and CEO’s of home health agencies, home care companies, and hospice providers.
That reluctance contributes to the high industry turnover and an uncommitted workforce which is costly to the caregiving companies and concerning for older adults who experience a decline in care quality, he says.
And without adequate training, administrative support, and fair wages, professional caregivers must sometimes juggle several different jobs to make ends meet. This can leave them feeling frazzled, apathetic, and disconnected, Tweed says.
HomeCare of the Rockies is offsetting that apathy by investing in the caregivers from the very beginning, says caregiver Chrissy Santucci.
After years in the corporate world selling benefits packages to seniors, Santucci was looking for a way to give back through a meaningful career when she found HomeCare of the Rockies.
“I have a lot of compassion for older adults,” Santucci says, “And, through my work in the business world I’ve seen the need for in-home care grow. Being a caregiver is a way to translate my skills and experience in a way that benefits seniors.”
But Santucci had no caregiving experience or training when she came to the company two years ago. From the very beginning the caregiver education and support she received at HomeCare of the Rockies made a difference, she says.
“The company is concerned about our wellness, and from day one, the level of training they provide has been amazing. You are very well trained before you ever set foot into a house to care for an older adult,” Santucci says. “And that means you are prepared and capable of providing excellent care. I have just learned so much. They really appreciate the caregivers.”
Now, Santucci has nearly completed the 100 hours of classroom and practical, hands-on training through the HomeCare 100, which covers all aspects of senior care and aging-related issues including dementia care, infection prevention, hygiene support, safe transfers and mobility issues, and end of life care.
This advanced 100-hour educational platform has also been chosen by the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship USA program. The Apprenticeship USA program provides on-the-job, paid training and work experience to help workers in various fields succeed in high-demand careers, according to the ApprenticeshipUSA Website.
For Santucci, the knowledge she’s gained through the HomeCare 100 has been invaluable as a professional, but the pay increase she’ll receive when she completes the 100-hour certification is also a big help personally. In the HomeCare 100 caregivers earn more as they learn more by completing different levels of training.
That commitment to caregiver education and training helps build the culture of appreciation that supports consistent care delivery and helps end employee turnover and benefits the entire care team, Tweed says.
“Caregivers leave a company because they don’t feel valued and appreciated,” Tweed says. “But in a culture of appreciation where the caregiver is valued, and can work fulltime, and receive benefits so that they don’t have the hassle of working multiple jobs to support themselves, people tend to stay.”
“It’s about valuing the people we work with,” McCann says. “We are here to support them and we hope they’ll help us serve older adults even better by becoming part of our team of caregivers who are working fulltime to raise the standard of care.”
In the end, when caregivers are supported and able to focus on providing care – the job so many are called to do — caregiving becomes truly a meaningful and rewarding career.
“Many people come to this profession because they want to make a difference,” Tweed says. “They’ll choose mission over money. The work is hard, but we see people who have done that for a long time and these are happy people.”
Apply now or call 720-204-6083 if you are looking for a full-time career with a competitive income, advanced training, and ongoing support. No experience necessary. We’ll provide you the paid training you need to create a successful caregiving career.