Home Care Providers Face Challenges
At article written by John Seewer in the Lacaster Eagle Gazette titled Aging baby boomers face home health care challenge details the challenges that home care providers face with low wages, lack of benefits while serving a rapidly growing aging baby boom population.
According to the article:
- The U.S. Labor Department projects that home health and personal care aides will be among the fastest-growing jobs over the next decade, adding 1.3 million positions and increasing at a rate higher than any other occupation. If those jobs can’t be filled, many older Americans are likely to face living with relatives or in nursing homes, which only will cost families and taxpayers more money.
- Most home health aides are paid about the same as maids and manicurists and don’t get sick days or health insurance themselves. Many who are self-employed must pay for their own gas for driving to appointments and cover their own medical bills if they’re hurt on the job.
- Nearly half of all home care workers live at or below the poverty level, and many receive government benefits such as food stamps, unions and advocacy groups say. The median pay a year ago was $9.70 per hour — 4 cents less than fast-food workers and short-order cooks, according to the most recent statistics from the Labor Department.