I was hired for part time work with the understanding that I would be offered suitable work with hours between 20-25 per week. This has not been the case however even though I'm available more than 100 hours each week! It seems like they cater more to younger people and more to women then male caregivers which I see as bias. You might have a good schedule for a couple of weeks then a client will pass and then your stuck with less hours for way too long while they"try" to find you someone. I find this very stressful because of the lack of steady work and hours to make ends meet. It's either that they have too many employees or not enough clients to make it a comfortable work environment. Staffing needs much help in order to keep good employees.
The training at Home Instead was great but too long. Everyone was so friendly. I was offered an assignment right away but it didn't work out since the client withdrew her request I was disappointed. They told me they would be getting other assignments but they called me about assignments in the morning but I was clear that afternoons was the only time I can work and had it on my record. After that I would call in occasionally with no results. Meanwhile, it has been over 6 months or more since they have contacted me. I had worked once for Visiting Nurses but they no training at all which is why I wanted to stay with Home Instead.
HORRIBLE EMPLOYER!! NOT AGE FRIENDLY AT ALL!
They understand that older adults actually have a lot in common with those they care for.
As an employee of Home Instead, I can say we are very age friendly and accommodating to your other commitments when it comes to scheduling. We have a variety of employees, from students to retirees. We appreciate all of our Caregivers and know how dedicated they are to our clients.
The staff is really friendly and nice. They will work with you if you need to rearrange your hours for dr. appointments etc. The only issue I have with them is they need to give raises occasionally. The pay is not that great for what you have to do and how far you drive.
I have been working at Home Instead Senior Care part-time (More than 3 years) You can accept only the shifts you can fit into your schedule. There is a lot of work available once the snow birds arrive so you might get a lot of calls. They like to recognize exceptional caregivers so if you fall into that category be prepared for a lot of praise. The office staff is nice. The receptionist is friendly and makes you feel at home.
Home Instead Senior Care has been a RetirementJobs.com Certified Age Friendly Employer since 2007.
I have a total of 50 years experience and I am Healthy and Active.
Home Instead at the location I work is very age friendly. The owner of the franchise and the managers are all over 55 so they realize that life experience is valuable. I am very happy working for them..
I have always been treated with respect by Home Instead.
The location I work for is very age friendly as long as you can meet the physical demands of the job, such as protecting clients who may be a fall risk, etc.
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