Thursday, June 23, 2016
By Alice Lucey
Be Independent Home Care
The homecare industry in the United States is booming, to put it mildly. The elderly population is due to reach almost 84 million by the end of this year, bringing with it an increase in healthcare professionals at a growth rate six times higher than the national average.
Despite this surge in the supply of fully qualified healthcare workers, there is still a considerable struggle to meet the escalating demands for homecare across the country.
Another contributor to the upsurge in demand for such services is the increase in life expectancy of the general population. People in the present day are living longer than ever before, meaning that elderly people will require care for a longer period of time.
Also, the longer a person lives, the greater the care they need, which is why there are far fewer family caregivers now than there had been 25 years ago. This infographic specifically examines the state of the U.S. homecare industry, and where it is likely to go in the near future.
The need for healthcare professionals has never been greater, but tighter regulations surrounding the qualifications for such a role could shut out a number of capable caregivers, who may not hold the necessary paperwork to hold down a full-time occupation in the role. This could have devastating results for families that require significantly more assistance for their elderly loved ones.
Be Independent Home Care, based in Ireland, provides one-on-one assistance and support to elderly clients in their own homes, helping them maintain their independence and individuality. Click here to learn more about opportunities within the field.