Due to the generosity of Connect Clermont, a nonprofit that aims to connect community initiatives with resources, Clermont Senior Services was awarded a grant to spur education and employment within Clermont County.
According to a September 28 article by Kavitha Cardoza of NPR, there are more projected job openings for home health aides in the next decade than for any other occupation. In that time, 70% of adults age 65 and older are expected to need some form of basic assistance, and the supply of workers is critically low. While this is a nation-wide issue, the evidence of those studies is being realized right here in Clermont County.
In an attempt to ease the strain this shortage is causing, Clermont Senior Services has devised a plan that will offer free education to new Home Health Aides, that will provide them with an STNA certification. Utilizing the grant funds, the agency will pay for the new Home Health Aides at Clermont Senior Services to attend STNA classes (certain conditions apply) to obtain their certification, while being paid for their time and travel, and have the promise of a rewarding career with the agency.
Ruth Arno, HR Manager with Clermont Senior Services stated, “it is our hope that this opportunity will spur employment within our community, that will also benefit the older adults in our care. The benefits of working for our agency are many, including: a Monday-Friday schedule that does not include nights or weekends, mileage paid at the Federal maximum plus paid drive time, insurance and retirement opportunities, among many others.”
“As a non-profit, we would not have this opportunity, without the grant assistance from Connect Clermont. We are very grateful to be a recipient of a great philanthropic organization right here in Clermont County.” Remarked Jennifer Harcourt, Manager of Communications & Development for Clermont Senior Services.
Prospective candidates can find an employment application at https://clermont.applytojob.com/ or by calling directly to 513-724-1255 and asking for Ruth Arno.