By The Clearday Research Team
Home healthcare workers are often referred to as: home health aides, home care aides, certified nursing assistants, and personal care aides. Regardless of their title, they are a critical part of the care of Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. The quality of care they deliver can help reduce acute hospital utilization and emergency department use (Drake, 2019).
“healthcare employment is expecting a 33% growth in employment over the next 10 years”
Unfortunately, there is a home health aid labor shortage that is generally now known. Caregiver turnover rates hitting 64.3% in 2019(Holly, 2020) and it is expected that more than 4.5M (Donlan, 2021) home health jobs will need to be filled by 2029. Despite home health employment showing a 33% growth in employment over the next 10 years, the gap in demand and supply is widening. In 2020, 48M (AARP, 2020) Americans acted as unpaid family caregivers and only 3.2M (BLS, 2020) home health aide workers, who could presumably help these family caregivers, were employed.
We believe that factors such as low wages, lack of benefits, limited career advancement opportunities, and stigmatized work have historically contributed to this labor shortage.
Clear advancement paths and the current lack thereof also play a role in overall job satisfaction. We believe that creating a path for career advancement for home healthcare professionals would increase retention and help to reduce the labor shortage gap. This is one of the reasons that we at Clearday are creating those resources. To learn more click here.
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