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Local caregiving industry looking for a lot of hires this year

The industry has seen a boom in hiring in part due to the pandemic
COVID-19 caregivers are lonely frustrated and unable to sleep
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The caregiving industry is hiring in a big way this year.

One local organization is taking a look at hiring several new caregivers, as the pandemic has accelerated the need for more of them across Waterloo Region.

Tom Fronimadis is the Vice President of Home Instead Kitchener-Waterloo.

He tells Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke what they are looking for in a new hire.

"Professional trained caregivers provide basic support services," said Fronimadis. "That will enable older adults to live safely and comfortable in wherever they call their home for as long as possible."

Fronimadis said with the nations unemployment rate reaching its highest last spring, caregiving is still a rapidly growing and stable career path.

"Job opportunities in labour abundant industries, such as retail and dining, are running dry. So, this is actually a really good opportunity to introduce and advertise that in-home caregiving is rapidly growing."

He added they are looking for hires will lots of attributes.

"We look for big hearts, kind souls, organizational skills, compassion, excellent time management, strong communication, preferably a driver's license and they must pass a background check."

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