The Growing Demand For Home Health Aides

The Growing Demand For Home Health Aides

As baby boomers age, the demand for home health aides is on the rise: What the shortage of caregivers means for patients, their families and the home health care industry.

An estimated 2.5 million people work as in-home health and personal aides for the elderly and disabled in this country. Tasks include helping with meals and bathing, light cleaning and companionship. These services can allow an elderly person to postpone or avoid costlier nursing home care. As baby boomers age, demand for this kind of care is projected to rise significantly. But in many states, in-home health care providers earn less than minimum wage and are not entitled to overtime. What the shortage of caregivers means for patients, their families and the home health care industry.

Guests

Susan Dentzer

senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and on-air analyst on health issues for the PBS NewsHour.

Carol Regan

government affairs director at PHI, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.

Val Halamandaris

president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

Bruce Vladeck

former director of Medicare and Medicaid during the Clinton administration.

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