A Louisiana based home health care company is planning on adding a significant number of jobs within the next year. LHC Group has announced plans to expand its Lafayette, Louisiana headquarters, and that will pave the way for adding a number of positions, many of which will have at least an average salary of $40,000 plus benefits.
In the Associated Press article, Home health company LHC Group to add 500 jobs in Lafayette, published by the New Jersey Herald, it was noted:
“As LHC Group has grown to become one of the nation’s leading providers of in-home healthcare, so too has the demand for the services we provide – both here in Louisiana and across the country,” Myers said in a statement in The Advertiser. “With our expanded home office facilities in Lafayette, we will be able to more efficiently provide the support our clinicians require to meet that demand.”
The move will create 500 new jobs that are expected to have an average salary of $40,000 with benefits.”
LHC Group was originally founded in 1994 and has expanded through the years to over 780 locations. It currently employs more than 32,000 people. The current home office, which is what is set to be expanded, will essentially triple in size. This will also create approximately 400 construction jobs as it builds out its new headquarters, though those jobs are only anticipated to be temporary.
Last year, LHC Group acquired Almost Family, a Kentucky-based home health care provider. This made LHC Group the second largest home health care provider in the country.
This news can be a positive indicator in the sustained growth of the home health care marketplace. As it has been for the past several years and is anticipated to continue being for the next decade or more, the home care industry is the number one job creator. While there have been concerns about stagnant wages, especially for home care aides, growth is a positive sign that more people are relying on these support services at home and companies are expanding to meet the needs of this growing demographic.
There is no initial word on plans to expand in other parts of the LHC Group or if any of these positions being added will involve direct home care support services. It was not immediately made clear whether these jobs would be added this year or after construction of a new headquarters is complete.