RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A virtual job fair focused on filling hundreds of
caregiver positions throughout Riverside County will be held tomorrow, and
county officials emphasized that no prior experience is needed to apply.
The Department of Public Social Services is seeking to increase the
ranks of In-Home Supportive Services personnel as demand for IHSS resources
continues to expand.
Up to 1,000 positions need to be filled, according to DPSS.
According to the agency, the greatest need at the moment is in the
Coachella Valley, as well as in the communities of Anza, Blythe, Hemet and
Recruitment drives are ongoing. There are currently about 34,000 IHSS
caregivers available to assist 40,000 seniors countywide. Some of the
caregivers are related to the residents who receive services under the IHSS
system, which is state-mandated.
The system is focused on assisting the aged, but disabled adults also
qualify. Caregivers render assistance with personal grooming, light
housekeeping, food service and transportation.
“The program is needed more than ever as one in every five of the
county’s 2.5 million residents is age 60 or older — a population projected to
swell by 250% in coming decades,” according to a DPSS statement.
The base wage for an IHSS caregiver is $15.50 an hour, and workers are
entitled to benefits, including flexible work arrangements and sick leave.
Applicants do not need prior experience in caregiving, but they must
pass a background check in order to be hired.
Anyone interested in applying was asked to call the IHSS information
line at 888-960-4477.
The online job fair Wednesday will be available via
It will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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