News around the need for workers has been constant throughout the pandemic. The home care industry has felt this need, and with the global population of people aged 65 and older projected to more than double, from 703 million to 1.5 billion by 2050, there is a surge in demand for professional caregivers, as many older adults choose to age at home.
Professional caregivers have proven to be essential workers during the pandemic, making the labor shortage in this industry more dire. They provide services such as Alzheimer’s care, companionship, meal preparation, household help, personal care, and transportation for older adults living, and often isolating, at home. Dedicated caregivers build meaningful relationships and often find rewarding jobs with opportunities for advancement, and the positions are a strong building block for those interested in a career in healthcare.