A retired engineer from Ohio, Hal Hume never imagined he’d become a home health aide.
But for nine years, he’s worked as a caregiver for Home Instead Senior Care in the Naples area.
“My wife applied for the job and when she talked to them, they asked if I might be interested. When I thought about it I was,” he recalls.
At 82, he’s taking care of other seniors who need a helping hand, so they can stay in their homes. His wife worked as a caregiver for a while too, but has since moved on to other interests. He, however, is hooked.
“It’s very rewarding,” he said proudly of his part-time job.
Facing a shortage of workers, home care agencies in Southwest Florida are scrambling to find more employees like Hume. Companies are increasingly recruiting retirees, veterans, students and stay-at-home parents, often with no health care experience, to meet growing demands.