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The home health care field prepares for aging boomers

Posted by RHHAdmin on Aug 6, 2012 8:19:00 AM

There has been a lot of talk as to what kind of effect the aging baby boomers will have on the country. Whether it’s the financial market or the healthcare field, questions have been raised about if the economy will be able to sustain the strain. Now, it seems the home health care industry is gearing up for these boomers to enter into old age.

Many people entering their senior years have difficulty moving around like they once could. If they’re sick or injured, daily activities can become even more of a burden. Home health care workers can help with this issue, but many are concerned with what could happen with the field when the demand becomes too high.

The Associated Press reports that home health care is up against the rising age of baby boomers. Currently there are more than 78 million Americans born during the baby boom between 1946 and 1964. According to the news provider, the plan is to hire more than 1 million additional elderly care professionals over the next decade to help with the baby boomer issue.

The news source points to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, which states the home health care field is one of the fastest growing job creators in the country, and it’s increasing at a rate higher than any other job in the country.

The industry has already been met with some demand, and now workers are hoping that seniors will be able to receive the care they need. According to Politico, more than a dozen states are turning to home health care agencies to encourage seniors to get out and vote. The agencies want their workers to help seniors get to the ballot box or to figure out the absentee ballot.

According to the news source, it isn’t about a political swing, but rather encouraging seniors to take control of their care, as some major healthcare issues are tied with government officials. This would give a senior the opportunity to let his or her voice be heard when it comes to their care.

“I’ve been very clear to my members that this is not a political issue - this is about yet another benefit for home care patients,” Marcia Tetterton, chairwoman of the Council of State Home Care Associations, told the news provider.

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