The workforce crisis in the elder care industry pleads for help as workers refuse to sacrifice so much for so little.
For caregivers, the job is daunting – both physically and emotionally – and with a wage that does not reflect the value of the job, it is understandable why many seek other alternatives, like working in fast food.
Staffing shortages and turnover rates above 80% lead to lower-quality care for older adults and people with disabilities who rely on home healthcare services. Thus, it’s critical to provide more significant support to caregivers and recognize their role and value in our society.
Aging agencies and advocates are working to draw more attention to caregiving issues, asking leaders for increased reimbursement rates, payment, pathways for career development for caregivers, respite care, individual counseling, and support groups, among others. These requests aim to build strong policies to support homecare workers and enhance the quality of care for those who are concerned about independent living.
These needed changes include programs to help around the house, supporting caregivers’ families, and making people aware of the services available, intending to look after the healthcare giver’s performance and personal needs.
This article from Bridge Michigan presents insights about the path that needs to be carved for transforming home healthcare and aging in place to promote senior independent living and help those with disabilities that require full homecare 24 hours a day.