At Home Helpers, we never stop searching for people who feel called to help others. And who meets that description better than the men and women who have put their lives on the line to serve our country?
Home Helpers offices everywhere have launched a yearlong initiative to strengthen our caregiving corps by hiring more veterans, military and military families. Between now and Veterans Day 2018, Home Helpers offices, including the Hinsdale location, will work together to hire at least 3,000 veterans, service members and members of military families as caregivers.
“Service members and their families have an obvious commitment to duty and service,” said Mike Doepke, co-owner of Home Helpers Home Care of Hinsdale.
A Job That Moves With You
Families of active service members certainly know what it means to give of oneself for the good of another. Families of active service members often experience frequent moves as their loved one is stationed in various places. And they spend long periods of time apart as their loved one serves overseas.
Settling into a temporary home can be difficult, and finding temporary employment can be almost impossible. In fact, Blue Star Families, a nonprofit that advocates for armed forces families, noted that military spouses have an unemployment rate four times the national average. Their pursuit of suitable employment can be complicated by frequent relocations, as well as the extra demands that fall on the home-front spouse during long deployments.
A caregiving position with Home Helpers offers the flexibility that a military spouse needs while offering security in the knowledge that when they move, their job can move with them. The Home Helpers network has locally owned offices in more than 900 communities throughout the United States.
Skills That are in Demand
“We are reaching out to our military families not only as an expression of gratitude for their service, past or present, but also in recognition of the skills and discipline they’ve demonstrated. It’s a business decision for us to attract the best talent to Home Helpers,” Doepke said.
At Home Helpers of Hinsdale, caregivers receive exceptional training. Training includes specialized instruction in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, mobility for the disabled, and organizing households for independent living – all skills that will be valuable no matter where the caregiver goes next.
In addition to a competitive hourly wage, Home Helpers of Hinsdale offers its caregivers a flexible schedule, overtime pay, sick pay and bonus opportunities.
“Our military families and veterans understand commitment, and that’s essential in the job of a caregiver,” Doepke said.