While many Ohio restaurants and other businesses have re-opened from the spring pandemic shutdown, the return to normal operations may be slow, resulting in a prolonged time for many employees to return to work or to reach pre-pandemic hours and pay. However, there are customer service jobs with flexible hours available now due to a shortage of personal care aides (PCAs) serving older adults in home- and community-based programs.
The Area Agency on Agency has begun a win-win program to train hospitality and retail workers for new jobs caring for the elderly and the disabled in their homes. Jobs involve assisting in-home care clients with homemaking, errands, bathing/dressing/grooming, and one-on-one interaction. The Ohio Department of Aging has funded this program to ensure long-term care services to those in need both during and after the pandemic. The program (#OHIOSTRONGPCATRAINING) was launched this month and funds Certified Nurse Aide training, given by local licensed providers, for pandemic-impacted hospitality and retail workers. This special training can be completed in a few weeks, and once training is completed successfully, program participants will be introduced to provider agencies in our area through a virtual job fair.
Apply for the Program
Are you are a former or current restaurant worker (or you work in catering, other hospitality, or retail) who has lost your job or you need to pick up hours to cover lost wages because of the pandemic? Do you live in the Area Agency on Aging’s nine-county service area: Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby? Are you ready to work with older adults to enable them to stay in their homes? If you answered yes to these three questions, please complete the program application and send to Kathy Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have specific questions, contact Kathy at email@example.com or (937)-341-3099.