The health care industry has now surpassed all others to become the number one employer in the United States. There are plenty of economists who have expressed concerns about this issue as it places increased pressure on other sectors to help cover the costs, but it is growing, and there are many facets to it.
One of those facets is home care services. Home care, although it is often associated as a separate entity, is closely bound together with health care in general. That’s because many of the men and women who rely on home health care providers are dealing with serious health issues that make it difficult or unsafe for them to manage their basic care alone.
The demand for in home care support is growing and is expected to be the number one job creator through at least 2030. This is due in large part to the Baby Boomer generation retiring, but it’s also the result of people not wanting to leave their homes, despite the struggles they may face as they age.
According to the Atlantic’s article, Health Care Just Became the U.S.’s Largest Employer, written by Derek Thompson:
“This isn’t the end of health care’s run. It’s just the beginning. Of the 10 jobs thatthe Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will see the fastest percent growth in the next decade, five are in health care and elderly assistance. The two fastest-growing occupations—personal-care aides (who perform non-medical duties for older Americans, such as bathing) and home-health aides, (who help the elderly with medical care)—are projected to account for one in every 10 new jobs in that time. The entire health-care sector is projected to account for a third of all new employment.”
It’s a staggering statistic to think that one-third of all new employment will be involved in the health care industry in one respect or another. However, while it’s easy for people to immediately assume these will be high paid doctors and nurses, the vast majority of these workers are lower paid positions, including home care aides.
It may be something for those invested in health care to celebrate, quality of care from start to finish should be the ultimate focus and for that, home care plays an integral role. When a patient receives quality support and care at home following a hospital stay or when dealing with a progressive condition, their quality of life can improve.
The health care sector continues to expand and grow and with that, home care continues to be a vital part of quality care.
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