Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predict an increase in the personal and home care aides job category, forecasting this category to be the second fastest-growing job group in the nation over the next decade. But the rapid growth in this job group may not be fast enough. Our recent research indicates that demand for these jobs will outpace supply in a big way.
"This could become a national crisis issue," said Paul Hogan, Home Instead Senior Care® network Co-Founder and CEO. "At our organization alone the number of CAREGiversSM nationally is about 60,000. To keep pace with this projected demand, our organization will have to double its care force in just three years, according to our research."
Nationwide, the personal and home care aides classification is expected to grow by more than 50 percent between 2006 and 2016, increasing from 767,000 to a projected 1.15 million jobs. The government identifies personal and home care aides as professionals who help the elderly, disabled, ill and mentally disabled live in their own homes or in residential care facilities instead of in health facilities. The growing number of seniors in the U.S. as well as locally is expected to help fuel this job demand. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population age 65 and older is projected to double between 2000 and 2050.
"We've certainly seen the needs of seniors drive the demand for our services, which in turn creates more caregiving jobs," said Hogan. National research conducted by Home Instead Senior Care reveals that 86 percent of seniors want to continue living in their homes as they age. This surge in seniors at home will help fuel the demand for these new positions as well.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Economist Colleen Teixeira Moffat, who studies the occupation of personal and home care aides, said increasing health-care costs partly explain this growing demand. "It's a lot more cost-effective to leave a hospital sooner when all a senior might need is assistance with daily activities," she said. "A visiting nurse, home health aide, and personal and home care aide all will be cheaper than a stay in a residential care facility," she said.
As a result, caregiving companies like Home Instead Senior Care are gearing up to meet this expected caregiving need.
"Our CAREGivers don't just care for seniors' non-medical needs, such as companionship and meal preparation. They care about seniors, many of whom are suffering from loneliness, depression, and anxiety," said Hogan.
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