By MELINDA WILLIAMS
CHRISTIANSBURG — A New River Valley service that enables the aging population to live independently in their homes for as long as possible expects to hire 75 new caregivers this year.
Debbie Witt, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Christiansburg, said the need for caregivers is increasing as the nation’s aging population grows. She pointed out that the number of Americans over the age of 65 is projected to be 88.5 million, or more than double that of 2010.
Witt said the demand for caregivers is outgrowing the number of caregivers available, so Home Instead will be adding new staff in positions called CAREGiversSM. The Christiansburg office serves the counties of Montgomery, Pulaski, Giles and Floyd, and the city of Radford.
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