Home Instead assisting Eugene families and caregivers after closure

Home Instead Senior Care said they had to let go of 90 employees and served about 100 seniors

Posted: Aug. 17, 2018 6:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Caregivers are looking for work and seniors are seeking help after the Home Instead Senior Care closed its doors on Friday.

Brian McCulloch of Home Instead Senior Care said they had let go of 90 employees. Another spokesmen for the company, Bob Fritz, tells KEZI 9 News they served about 100 seniors in the Eugene area. Around half of their clients are on Medicaid.

McCulloch said they are assisting families transition care to other agencies and are encouraging caregivers to continue their employment with the families or another home care agency.

Ed Emberlin of Visiting Angles said as of Friday morning they have heard from nine caregivers and three clients. He said they are working to make there is a continuation of care but said the state has strict guidelines and it could take up to three days before care is restored.

"Our case managers are going out and meeting with the families to find out what their care needs are and we are taking the caregivers and going through the hiring process," Emberlin said. "So they still have to get a drug screening a background check all the usual things required by the state and kind of go through our orientation so it's not an immediate turnaround."

Emberlin said they are working to expedite the process. Julie Davidson of Worksource Lane said jobs in the field are in high demand.

She said personal home care aids are one of the most difficult jobs to fill in Lane County.

"I believe there is about 600 open positions in this time frame so there are a lot of open positions," Davidson said.

Davidson encourages former Home Instead employees to stop by their office so they can help connect them with new jobs and file for unemployment.

McCulloch said they are working to make sure all of their staff gets paid. He said those paychecks are expected to arrive next week.

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