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May 30, 2023

Caregiving Keeps Many Out Work Labor Shortage Continues

Written By: Home Instead Reno
Photo of Cheyanne LaRue, Executive Director at Home Instead Reno being Featured in a Recent KOLO 8 News interview

Cheyanne LaRue, Executive Director at Home Instead Reno Featured in a Recent KOLO 8 News interview.

Caregiving keeps many out of work as the labor shortage continues

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According to the Federal Reserve’s latest Monetary Policy Report, four times as many people are out of work taking care of adult family members than those who stopped working to care for children during the pandemic.

On the flip side, the strain of juggling professional and personal responsibilities can take a heavy toll on people in the workforce who also care for ailing or aging loved ones.

Cheyanne LaRue is the executive director at Home Instead, she says that during the pandemic, many staff members have left their job to take care of family members, including grandchildren.

However, in the last six months, another trend has developed.

“The second thing that we’ve noticed is that as far as clients coming in, its family members calling because they are giving care, and they are the ones that are getting exhausted or tired and need support,” said LaRue.

The pandemic has created even more demand for elder care, as people fell ill with COVID, prompting more families to provide care and postpone medical treatments and nursing home placements.

Unfortunately, job openings continue to outnumber potential workers. “We’re hoping there will be a point where we can catch up because us and then the other companies, like us in our industry, are having to turn away the opportunity to care for these families because we don’t have enough caregivers,” said LaRue.

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