Even though the home care industry, as a whole, is the number one job creator and is expected to continue being so for the next decade, there are agencies and smaller companies operating within this sector that will, ultimately, close their doors. When a home care agency ceases operations, it’s immediately the clients who (rightly) receive the bulk of attention and how they will be impacted.
However, it’s not just those clients who are impacted by shuttered home care agencies. As more aging Americans reach retirement age, there will be a continuing increase in demand for these services for the next decade or more. As such, there may very well be other companies able to step in and provide these services to avoid any lapse for the most vulnerable population.
At the same time, though, these employees, these caregivers and administrators, as well as family of elderly and disabled clients can also be directly impacted by shuttered agencies.
As noted in the CBS 4 Valley Central news blog, Spirit Alliance closing affecting those who received home health care, written by Stephen Sealey:
“Employees, however, are not the only ones affected by Spirit Alliance’s closing. Those who received home care from the company are being affected as well.
According to a mother, who has chosen to remain anonymous, this has completely jeopardized her daughter’s provider situation.
“It takes from being where I need to be at work, to tend to her during those hours where I had somebody else watching her,” she says.
Since Spirit Alliance failed to pay its employees a week ago, this mother’s 7-year-old daughter is without a provider. The mother was trying to help her daughter’s provider get her paycheck, but it never came.
“Her water got disconnected because of this. There’s no check coming in. She was counting on that check to pay for her water. I had to help her pay her bill,” the mother said.
When family are suddenly thrust into the role of primary caregiver, either for a disabled adult child, aging parent, or someone else, it can impact many aspects of their life. It can affect relationships, careers, and even their own health as they take on a sudden increase in stressful situations.
During times where a home care agency will close its doors, it’s important to not only find adequate resources for those clients depending on their support, but also understand the impact this can have on friends and family as well as employees.
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