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

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2019 3:03 AM

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) has issued a new report with data from Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)indicating that the direct care workforce will grow more than any other occupation. 

In fact, the direct care workforce will be larger than any single occupation in 21 states in 2026, growing faster than registered nurses and fast food workers combined – the two jobs ranked second and third for net job growth.

California alone is poised to add almost 275,000 direct care workers by 2026, with New York adding over 190,000 and Texas over 126,000 in that time.

However, the BLS also calculates that 3.6 million workers will leave the direct care workforce, 2.8 million will leave the direct care workforce for other jobs, and 1.4 million new positions will be created to meet rising demand. Adding that up means the BLS is projecting 7.8 million direct care job openings in the decade from 2016 to 2026.

PHI suggests health care employers “consider expanding the labor pool for this workforce through education campaigns that elevate the profile of direct care workers; through targeted recruitment of new populations (including men, younger workers, and older workers, among others); and through partnerships with community institutions such as schools, churches, and workforce development agencies.”

Most of the direct health workers are female, for agencies to keep up with the demand for employees, they are going to have to increase the number of men in the field.  They will have to come up with ways to recruit and keep employees.

PHI concludes that “these BLS projections confirm that we need a large-scale investment to recruit new workers and reduce turnover within this workforce to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities can access proper supports in the coming years.”

Source: NAHC Report

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