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Workin’ It: Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

eld_2134154bMany people look forward to the point in their career when they can retire. Others enjoy retirement, but become restless at the lack of a daily routine. AARP found that 80 percent of baby boomers will work beyond the age of 65 (the typical age of retirement). Seniors have valuable work experience and skills that businesses can utilize. There are likely opportunities for work or volunteering in your area, it’s just a matter of finding them. Below is a list of resources where seniors can search for jobs and volunteering.

Senior Job Bank

This site’s motto is “Helping employers connect with the over-50 talent pool.” Their focus is to provide jobs to seniors and help employers wanting to hire qualified ones. The site allows you to search, post a job and learn about employers. You can also find career and education information by state.

Career One Stop

This is a site offered by the U.S. Department of Labor. It offers a wealth of information about salary, education, resumes, interviews,  training, and benefits. The site is designed to help those who are unemployed, career professionals, students, businesses, and more.

The Senior Environmental Employee Program

This program is offered to retired, unemployed Americans over the age of 55. This program offers jobs to assist the Environmental Protection Agency. Jobs in this department include clerical work, professional (accounting, engineering), or technical (writer, researcher). Although this job is through the EPA, those in the program are not considered federal employees.

Local Library

Your local library is a great place to volunteer or work. They always need a helping hand shelving books or organizing. Contact your local library and see if there are any opportunities available.

Senior Corps

Senior Corps is a program for those age 55 and over. It allows them to volunteer as mentors, companions, coaches, or utilize their job skills in their community. Some roles include becoming a foster grandparent or senior companion to someone in your community.


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Penny Appezzato joins Just Like Family Home Care in Naples

PennyJust Like Family Home Care, a family-owned and operated nurse registry servicing seven Southwest Florida counties, has announced that Penny Appezzato joined the firm as Director of Operations and Administrator.

Appezzato has spent the past 11 years working in the home health care business. Starting out in the field as a Home Health Aide, Appezzato worked her way up to Operations Manager and then Director of Operations before joining Just Like Family Home Care.

“Since I have been in this field in this community for as long as I have, I have known Elisabeth Nassberg for a long time,” says Appezzato. “Just watching her and the company grow, I knew this would be the perfect place for me to finish my career. They are so warm and compassionate and run such a loving and organized office. It truly is Just Like Family.”

Just Like Family Home Care owner Elisabeth Nassberg says, “Penny portrays every quality we desire in our employees at Just Like Family Home Care. The combination of her work history and the compassion she brings to her job every day makes Penny a great fit at Just Like Family Home Care. I am confident that she will represent our company in the best possible light.” Nassberg and Appezzato met several years ago through PACE Center for Girls at Immokalee’s Love That Dress! event. Both are passionate about supporting local charities in Collier and Lee Counties.

Just Like Family Home Care is a family-owned and operated, state-licensed Nurse Registry. The company provides referrals to professional Companions, Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants, Caregivers, Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses.

Appezzato was born and raised in Naples. In her free time, Appezzato volunteers with Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and CAMEO Naples (Cooperative Associates Marketing Elderly Options), a local non-profit cooperative group marketing seniors. She is married to her husband, John of 30 years and has two grown daughters, Stefanie and Kelli.


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Happy Halloween from Just Like Family

On behalf of everyone at Just Like Family Home Care, Happy Halloween! At JLF, we love to have our employees dress up, not just on Halloween, but the entire week! Each day we have a different theme. This week included a Woodstock Day (1960’s), an 80’s Day and PJ Day. It’s just an overall fun week to see what each employee comes in wearing. Put the standard work clothes aside and put on your creative hats! I believe it helps moral in the office and that’s why we will continue to have dress up week at Just Like Family in years to come. For those of you who will be out Trick-or-Treating tomorrow, be safe and have a blast!

-Just Like Family Home Care

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Become a Caregiver for Just Like Family

Caregiver and male patientJust Like Family Home Care is a Nurse Registry that takes applications at all times. As an independent contractor registered with our company, we will refer clients to you that meet your availability and skill level.

Please download the caregiver application and fax to (239) 431-6690 or mail to our office. If you have any questions, you may direct them to info@justlikefamilyhomecare.com or call our office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at (239) 431-6661. The application must be complete including copies that you need to include according to your skill level. Please also download a copy of the rules and regulations that apply to your skill level. We also have physical forms available to download if you need one.

Click HERE to download the application