A recent survey by The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted an increase in the personal and home care aides job category — forecasting it to be the second fastest-growing job group in the nation over the next decade. 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.
This growth is a reflection of the significant increase in the number of Americans reaching their 70s, 80s, 90s, and even the centennial mark, thanks to improving health care but more importantly to the huge numbers of Baby Boomers reaching maturity.
“This could become a national crisis,” said Paul Hogan, Co-Founder and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care. “Our franchise network, the largest in the industry, currently employs more than 60,000 Caregivers throughout the country. To keep pace with this projected demand, our company will have to double its care force in just three years, according to our research,” he noted. “On a positive note, these projections will result in job opportunities for area workers hit hard by the economy, providing a flexible part-time option for additional income or a new career in a fulfilling job field — caring for older adults.”
What are you seeing with your business? What is the demand for home care services in your marketplace? What will you to do double the number of caregivers you employee in the next three years? What tools are are you using to select the very best quality caregivers?
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