Block Island Times

Labor market makes seniors nervous

Members of the Senior Advisory Committee are preparing for the void that is sure to be left when long-time Senior Coordinator Gloria Redlich “retires” at the end of the current fiscal year, which is June 30.While members of the committee expressed their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the job Redlich has done over the years at their meeting on May 16, they are worried about how they will replace her.The position is being advertised at 20 hours per week and has been renamed Senior Services Coordinator.The Senior Advisory Committee is also looking for a café manager for its Community Café, which started last year and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Members of the committee would be willing to entertain the idea of one individual serving in both roles.In planning for the summer, members noted that once again, as people with needs return to the island there will most likely be a shortage of caregivers.“The need is there,” said SAC Co-Chair Sandra Kelly.In the past, the SAC has offered to do training sessions for caregivers.

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