Home Instead is Hiring

One out of every five Americans saw a noticeable decline in the well-being of an aging loved one over the holidays, according to a recent Home Instead survey. Families concerned about a loved one’s physical, cognitive and emotional well-being are driving an increase in service inquiries to Home Instead offices across America.

To meet this urgent need, Home Instead is looking to hire 30,000 professional caregivers to keep pace as the number of older adults grows rapidly by the end of the decade. In-home care professionals are both essential to the needs of the skyrocketing aging population and a potential solution to help ease the workforce strain in other sectors.

A 2023 survey by Home Instead, Inc. found that 92% of Americans agree: in-home caregivers for older adults are essential – with 74% calling them very essential, even more so than childcare providers (74% very essential vs. 70% very essential).

Most older adults would prefer to age in their own home, and home is often the safest place for them to be. To make this possible, the home care industry will need to grow the workforce by 30% as nearly 71 million baby boomers enter the stage of life when they will need some assistance. That’s an increase of more than one million new care professionals by 2030 when the last baby boomers turn 65.

These essential care professionals provide support for daily activities such as bathing, meal preparation, mobility, medication management, and other aspects of safety in the home. Care professionals receive training, and many are experienced in helping to manage aging conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Care professionals also monitor day-to-day health and well-being, which could help lead to earlier diagnosis and prevent hospitalizations, helping to ease the strain on nurses and other medical providers.