A topic that has been gaining traction for in home health care workers in urban regions lately involves parking. Many cities have incredibly challenging circumstances when it comes to on-street and off-street parking. In fact, in New York City, simply parking for the day could run close to $100 or more. Of course, hourly rates are much lower, but finding parking and then paying for it are two completely different issues.
In New Jersey (as in Massachusetts), legislation is being proposed that may allow in home health care aides and other workers who need to visit with clients in their homes, throughout cities, to have special privileges, or parking permits, that would help them avoid extra expenses and other hassles.
As noted by NJ.com in the opinion blog, How special parking permits can improve home health care, written by Joan Quigley:
“Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Cinnaminson) hopes to ease that problem by enabling home health care workers to get distinctive placards allowing their vehicles to park in areas not normally permitted because of residents-only restrictions or time limits.
“When I became aware of the serious access-to-care issue caused by the inability of home healthcare workers to be able to park and reach their patients in many different areas throughout the state, I had to act. I drafted and introduced A3683 to ensure that an individual’s access to healthcare wasn’t dependent on the parking situation around where they live” said Murphy.”
Each city is different and operates its parking regulations independently of other cities, but for the most part, there are generally parking areas and spaces that are reserved for residents and these parking placards that are being proposed would allow in home care providers the chance to use these spaces while on the job.
Taken in context with other major cities, there could be a number of other potential solutions that would not only reduce the cost of providing care, but also entice prospective new caregivers into the industry, especially if they realize they won’t have to worry so much about these other factors.
In-home care aides in metropolitan regions need to often worry about buses, subways, parking, and other issues and, when added on top of all the other stressors commonly associated with this type of work, becomes yet one more deterrent for potentially qualified and quality workers.
Efforts are being made in New Jersey and Massachusetts to address parking and other issues for in home care workers, and it may benefit aspects of this industry beyond simply finding a place to park.