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Shortage of home-care workers in US, Arizona called a ‘growing crisis’

February 10, 2019

Arizona Daily Star (February 10)

Shortage of home-care workers in US, Arizona called a ‘growing crisis’

A nationwide shortage of in-home caregivers is expected to create about 1.4 million new job openings by 2026 because of the rising demand as the U.S. population grows older.

In Arizona, nearly 41,000 new jobs for direct-care workers are expected to open over the next seven years to try to meet the increasing need, according to Stephen Campbell, a policy analyst for the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, a nonprofit based in New York City. The institute works to improve long-term services for the elderly and those with disabilities.

These crucial home-care workers in Arizona — including personal-care aides and home-health aides — assist the elderly and physically disabled in their homes. Aides help with bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning, laundry and running errands so that clients can remain in their homes rather than move to assisted living or nursing facilities.

The jobs can be difficult as many elderly patients suffer from illnesses or cognitive impairments, and the pay often tends to be around minimum wage, with no employee benefits. Employee turnover is generally high.

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