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In-Home Care Profession Growing, But Wages Also Need Boost

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Nicolle Derheim works part time as a home caregiver while she goes to school at TMCC. 
 She's worked for Don and Wiletta Whomes for more than a year, and says they're like family.

"They're just amazing people and I love coming here. It doesn't even feel like work to me. I get to be with them and it's great, it's really great," said Derheim.

For Don and Wiletta, having help means they can stay in their home. "I don't need help with the shower, but I want somebody sitting nearby, just to make sure I don't fall," said Wiletta. 

Personal care assistants help with everything from fixing meals to helping people with hobbies. As Baby Boomers age, this is a growing industry here in Northern Nevada. Mark Wimbush owns "Right at Home," a local in-home care company. He says his company is always hiring. "A lot of the people who come in are looking for part-time work or they're looking for something to use as a career kickoff,"said Wimbush.

That's because the job pays between $9.50 and $13.00 per hour. But as demand grows, Wimbush hopes the wages will grow too. "The future is large because of the baby boomers and the aging population. There's a huge opportunity for us to bring in more caregivers and the larger we get the more we can offer as far as benefits or pay,"said Wimbush.

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Written by Jennifer Burton

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