As the 78.3 million Baby Boomers enter retirement age, more and more are remaining at their current employment or seeking supplemental income with part-time jobs. Some seniors may find it difficult to re-enter the workforce after retirement. Riverside offers programs to help you create the extra income you may need.
WorkSource Centers in California provide training and education to help senior citizens land work. The center can assist with resumes, skills, job searches, and job placement. California’s sites also offer financial workshops to help seniors apply for other assistance like transportation to a new job. You can learn more at the Riverside County Workforce Development Center at 1325 Spruce Street in Riverside or call (951)-955-3100.
The WorkSource Centers not only have a senior citizen and older workers program, but there are job programs for veterans available. Vets receive 24 hour priority on job fairs, listings, and more. The Employment Development Department (EDD) oversees this program with the goal of helping the members of the armed forces return to the work force with the skills necessary to land higher paying jobs.
The Riverside County Office on Aging offers residents the Aging and Disability Resource Connection. This program connects you with a myriad of programs including senior employment and counseling. The senior employment aspect, known as the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers on-the-job training to residents meant to prepare you for other employment opportunities.
To qualify for the SCSEP training, you must be age 55 or older and of a low-income status of no more than 125 percent of the poverty level. If eligible, you will work an average of 20 hours per week at minimum wage. The work sites include hospitals, schools, senior centers, day care centers, and other non-profit and public facilities, according to the Riverside County site.
Senior HelpLink is another option for seniors in the area. The program helps residents to remain in their homes by providing services including volunteer opportunities, employment, and education. To see if you qualify or to learn more about HelpLink’s programs, contact Riverside’s Office on Aging at 1-800-510-2020.
If you care for an elderly family member or friend who receives Medicaid, you may be eligible for the Cash and Counseling Program through In-Home Supportive Services. A fee will be given to the Medicaid recipient to pay for in-home care from a friend or family member instead of paying an outside company. To see if you qualify, check with your local Medicaid office.
Medicaid is not the only one to offer a caregiver stipend. The VA Aid and Attendance for veterans will cover both professional caregivers and friends and family working as the vet’s caregiver. Certain long-term care insurance policies can also be used for payment.
Riverside offers residents so much in education, job services, and senior employment that finding a new job you will love shouldn’t be difficult.
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