Home Care Will Be Among the Fastest Growing Industries in the Next Decade
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the home health care industry will see a rapid increase in jobs over the next decade, adding over one million jobs. The industry is one of the fastest in the nation, with home health aides typically hired to assist clients living at home with meal preparation, exercise, mobility, medication reminders, bathing and grooming and transportation. As baby boomers become older, the need for home health care rises. Adults are living longer, and most prefer to live in their homes while receiving care and companionship from a devoted caregiver. Read more about how adults over the age of 65 desire to remain in the home as long as possible.
The economic opportunity stemming from the growing need to provide home health care is substantial. The projected increase in employment (from 2012 to 2022) is 48 percent, (note: the average growth rate for all occupations is 11 percent). The estimated number of health care professionals working in the United Sates by 2022 is over 3 million.
Home care aides typically receive on-the-job training and caregivers working in certified home health or hospice agencies must receive formal training and pass a standardized test. Neighborly Home Care is fully licensed and insured, their caregivers certified to provide care to elderly and disabled adults.
Furthermore, the age composition of the United States is shifting because of an increased life-span. According to the Population Reference Bureau, projections of the entire population suggest that by 2029, there will be 71.4 million people aged 65 or older living in the United States, making this age group account for 20 percent of the U.S. population. (An increase of almost 14 percent from 2012).
As the percentage of elderly in our population increases, there will be a continual shift from institutional-based care (such as nursing homes), to home health care. Care responsibilities will move from doctors and to nurses and caregivers, such as the home care aides that Neighborly Home Care employs.
Additionally, the educational requirement for caregiver jobs is low, as the career offers training to those who are ready, interested and also have an appropriate background. A high school diploma is often not required. However, moving up to higher earning potential positions can be a challenge for those with a limited educational background.
Home care is an affordable and preferred method of providing long-term care to older adults. Neighborly Home Care has dedicated caregivers that become companions to the elderly and disabled adults for whom they provide services. Get in touch today to learn more by calling (610)-658-5822 or visit neighborlyhomecare.com.