As the senior population rises, the shortage of workers to care for them is also expected to grow.  In home personal care aides is one of the fasted growing occupations. Help for those that need it with activities of daily living, such as laundry and bed-making or preparing meals. From 2000 to 2015, the home health care sector saw a 115% increase in employment nationwide.

Hourly pay for caregivers across the country averages $11. Attracting and retaining qualified personnel to work in the home is one of the top concerns, a task that requires considerable investment of time and effort. One of the issues is communicating the availability of employment. This is a market where a caregiver may receive 3+ calls a week for work. So planning a better recruitment and training process can lead to better hires. Rather than eliminating people from the job pool, companies should be helping caregivers attain the proper training for better placement.

What makes a good homecare employee?
A good employee is resilient, adaptable and able to solve unique problems in challenging environments.  It is critical they are knowledgeable and confident in the basics to safely problem solve unusual situations. Compassion, humor, common sense, patience, a calm demeanor, respect, ability to listen and follow written instructions regarding the care
of the consumer, and the physical ability to assist someone in standing, walking, and bathing. With a shortage of caregivers, finding the right person, with the right temperament and the drive to succeed, will solve staffing challenges.

Elevate the Role on In Home Care
The role of the in home care is needed now and more so in the future. We must begin to put the importance of such a caregiver into the spotlight. Without this workforce, people may be looking at losing their independence and moving to an institution.
Let’s all work together to expand the importance of these workers!

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