When Steve Rattner was laid off from his position with a global healthcare organization in early 2012, he and his wife decided to start their own home care business in Pinellas. Steve and Jennifer Rattner started FirstLightHomeCare in July, and plan to hire 20-25 people in the next year.
“We are looking for great, compassionate people who want to help seniors and adults with disabilities,” Rattner says. “We are hiring caregivers that are trustworthy, patient and reliable.”
Rattner says that he is looking for two types of caregivers; companions and personal care assistants. He explains that companions do not necessarily need any experience, as they will go through orientation and training once hired. Personal care assistants need to be licensed as a CNA or home health aide.
While Rattner will focus on hiring caregivers in the next year, he says down the road he and his wife will be hiring RNs, supervisors and schedulers.
“There are a lot of great things that FirstLightHomeCare offers that will set us apart from our competition,” Rattner says. “Our caregivers are going to be direct employees, not contractors. They will be fully screened for criminal background checks and drug testing, and must submit to testing at anytime. Each employee will have to be someone that I would be willing to put in a home with my own mother.”
FirstLightHomeCare of Pinellas
serves all of Pinellas and parts of Pasco County.
Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Steve Rattner, FirstLightHomeCare of Pinellas