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​Halifax Business Plans to Hire 35 Professional CAREGivers
HALIFAX, N.S. July 27, 2015 – As Canada’s aging population grows, a local senior care company is gearing up to meet the expected need for services. The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Halifax anticipates adding up to 35 professional CAREGivers to its staff by the end of 2015.

Professional caregivers are an important component of caring for seniors. They help many aging seniors meet their needs while remaining in the comfort of their own home, while also lightening the load for family caregivers. The demand for these professionals will only continue to grow.

According to Statistics Canada, by 2036, the number of Canadians aged 65 and older will more than double from the 2009 levels, representing more than 25 per cent of the total population with over 9.9 million seniors in Canada.  Approximately 8.1 million Canadians aged 15 years and older currently provide care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or aging needs.  As the baby boomer generation starts to enter old age, many more individuals likely will soon be faced with this responsibility. 

“Whether a senior just needs some help running errands and doing some light cooking and cleaning, or they need round-the-clock care, having a professional CAREGiver can make a huge difference in the life of a senior and their family members,” says Jeanie Burke, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care Halifax office. “The type of person who typically excels in this industry is compassionate and enjoys helping others. Those are the main requirements for the job. Beyond that, they could be a recent graduate, an empty nester or someone who just wants to give back. It’s really a broad range.”

Rosemary, who has been a Home Instead CAREGiver for two years, says that one of the things she likes about her job is the flexible schedule.

“Being a CAREGiver has given me a good work-life balance that a lot of people don’t have in their jobs,” she says. “Plus, it’s really rewarding to get to know my clients on a personal level and know that I’m making a difference in their lives.”

The home care jobs that are available do not all require prior experience. Rather, newly hired individuals participate in the Home Instead CAREGiver training program to equip them with all the knowledge they need to get started. CAREGivers also have the opportunity to receive additional training throughout their careers in such areas as Alzheimer’s care and Palliative care.

“We keep up on all of the latest news and industry standards in home care,” says Burke. “And our training program helps to ensure that our CAREGivers are getting the information and skills they need to better support seniors and their families.”

For information on careers at Home Instead Senior Care, please visit or call 902-429-2273.

​About Home Instead Senior Care
The Home Instead Senior Care network is the world’s leading provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises providing more than 50 million hours annually of care throughout Canada and 16 additional countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 caregivers worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. For more information on Home Instead Senior Care of Halifax, visit


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