Demand for Direct Care Workers Far Outstrips Supply

The direct care workforce will need to fill 8.2 million jobs from 2018 to 2028, with most of those jobs coming in the home care sector, according to a new report from PHI. Almost 4.5 million direct care workers tend to the elderly and disabled in America every day, and with a rapidly aging population…

Home Care Workers: The Future Demand for More and the Challenges they Face Now

The demand for home care workers has grown dramatically in the last 10 years and is poised for enormous growth in the years to come, but they currently face challenges, such as low pay and, in some cases, no health insurance for themselves or their families. The home care workforce is expected to have 4.2…

Who are Home Care Workers, by the Numbers?

Home care workers are home health aides, personal care aides, and nursing assistants, working with disabled people and the elderly in their homes. This is the direct care workforce and it is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse in the nation, according to the latest figures from PHI and the U.S. Census. Including…

New Report Argues for Boosting Access to Long-Term Care and Caregiver Pay

Increasingly popular state-based social insurance programs designed to expand access to long-term care should also improve pay and working conditions for caregivers, argues a new report from PHI, a national research and consulting organization focused on the direct care workforce. Washington state became the first in the nation to pass legislation to finance long-term services…

Home Health News Roundup: Paramedics Making Home Visits, Upskilling Your Workers, and more!

A Sacramento Bee article outlining health care legislation in the California state legislature notes SB 944 would expand paramedic services under health care worker supervision: Firefighter paramedics could perform services such as home visits, tuberculosis therapy and transportation to mental health or sobering centers rather than to emergency rooms. Opponents of the bill, mainly nurses’…

Massive Caregiver Shortage Will Be a Major Challenge for Home Health and Hospice

Readers of NAHC Report are well aware that home health and hospice face a critical shortage of caregivers in the years to come. (See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE for examples of previous coverage of this issue.) However, new information indicates this looming shortage could be even worse than previously believed – to the tune of millions of workers. A new…