Originally Posted by SilversMiller
Here in the states, jobs are scarce as well. But jobs in the Health field are always needed. I worked for many years as an Executive Secretary/Administrator for a Mortgage & Large Title company (the legal work normally done by Lawyers) and when my Father got ill with a stroke and then died of cancer, I cared for him and found a nitch doing Senior Care. I find families are too busy and outside care is more welcomed by the seniors then leaning on their own children to help them with errands & chores and even personal needs. I know the health system in UK is very good, so is there a need for Senior Assistance? Hospice impressed me tremendously too and I have considered working in that field...is it used much in England?
Caring for old people in their homes is usually carried out by relatives and by the local authority's Social Services Dept. Those who need help with daily living get an allowance from the government called Attendance Allowance, which pays the maximum of £73.60/week tax-free. Home care service from local authority is means-tested and there is a sliding scale of charges depending on income and assets, which varies around the country. Many services have now been contracted out to private companies. Carers are among the lowest paid workers, at around minimum wage levels.
Many hospices are run as charities, often with a public grant and partly or fully funded by NHS. Staff recruitment is according to needs and budgetary constraints, but NHS too faces financial restraints and jobs aren't too easy to find, esp for unskilled categories. There have been many redundancies among the administrative staff in the health service.