Aging Baby Boomer Generation Prompts Concerns Over Caregiver Shortage

February 4, 2018

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/4, Channick, 1.17M) reports that as “baby boomers” age, the question of who will care for them when they cannot care for themselves has grown more concerning given the “shortage of qualified workers, rising costs and a demographic shift” burdening care providers. Robert Espinoza, vice president of policy for New York-based PHI, characterized the industry as being “absolutely in a crisis mode,” adding that providers “are routinely reporting that they can’t find and they can’t keep direct care workers.” The piece said this also is felt by patients’ families, who may be burdened by high care costs, and added that while long-term care insurance may present an option, fewer than eight percent of Americans have purchased it because of “rising premiums and a dearth of providers, according to a 2016 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

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