As is the case in many regions across the nation, and what had been predicted by the U.S. Labor Department, the demand for in home care providers is increasing and it’s being noticed throughout Western Massachusetts. According to Longtermcare.gov, for those aged 65 and over, there is a greater than 70 percent chance that they will need some type of home health care assistance at home, whether in the form of a visiting nurse or home care aide.
When one considers that the Baby Boomer generation is now in and approaching retirement, there are going to be many more elderly individuals in the next several years who may require assistance at home.
According to O’Connell Care at Home, located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, they are stating that more and more families are looking into in home care options for their elderly loved ones. As more people seek to find resources that allow their loved ones to remain in the comfort of their own home, then it’s going to require more in home care providers.
Which has led to at least one recruitment fair that O’Connell Care at Home hosted in an effort to find more potential home health care workers and home care aides throughout the region.
Some of the applicants and attendees at this recruitment fair understand that the transition to home care can be difficult for the elderly patients. They understand that the workers need to be compassionate, kind, patient, and understanding of these challenges and that can pose some challenges in itself to be able to find those type of workers.
Shane Saunders, from O’Connell Care at Home said about the increased demand for these home care services, “I think the trend is moving more and more towards homecare every year. There’s definitely an uptick in demand (22WWLP).”
The U.S. Labor Department predicted that in home care workers would represent the largest growth in employment through the year 2020 and possibly beyond that. As more individuals reach retirement age, and as health care improves, it is expected that more people will require some type of assistance at home. As Shane Saunders stated, it appears that more people are seeking to remain in the comfort of their own home rather than move to some assisted living facility or other care facility.
More in home care companies will likely be holding recruiting fairs across the country, like what recently took place in Western Mass.