The Home Care Workforce Crisis in Our States: How New York Has Responded
April 5, 2017
Allison Cook, MPH - New York Policy Manager, PHI
What would you do if your loved one needed home care and you couldn’t find anyone to provide it? This is the difficult reality for a growing number of Americans. The U.S. is facing a growing home care workforce shortage, especially in rural areas.
Home care is a critical support that helps older adults and people with disabilities age in the community, rather than in facilities. Unfortunately, we have not ensured that home care aides have quality jobs, which enable them to provide quality care. Because of low wages, inadequate training, and limited career advancement opportunities, these jobs have become noncompetitive, failing to attract and retain the workers necessary to meet the needs of our aging population. Aging advocates and media outlets around the country are sounding the alarm – workforce shortages are growing – yet federal and state governments are struggling to identify effective solutions.