“Home Health Care: Shouldn’t It Be Work Worth Doing?,” by Eduardo Porter, New York Times
“How to provide long-term care for a fast-aging population poses one of the more convoluted challenges of the American labor market. Care providers — home health aides, personal care attendants and certified nursing assistants, in the government’s classification — are expected to be among the nation’s fastest-growing occupations. The Department of Labor’s economists expect about a million more will be added from 2014 to 2024. And yet despite their critical importance to the well-being of tens of millions of aging Americans, one-fourth of these aides live in poverty. The jobs are so unappealing that it is hard to keep workers in them: four in 10 leave the occupation entirely within a year. Many prefer the fast-food business.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Articles like this exasperate me. We have a problem with home health caregiving because Medicaid made nursing home care free which crowded out private markets for home health and private insurance to pay for it. So how do we fix it? Spend more Medicaid money to save more Medicare money. Yeah, that’ll happen.