Growing Need for Home Caregivers
Like many states, Arkansas has a growing number of older adults. A large number of these individuals will choose to remain in their homes and will rely on family members and/or paid caregivers for help with daily activities.
Because of this, the field of home care and the home care industry in Arkansas continues to grow. Private home care companies are expanding and government programs are searching for more ways to keep older adults in their homes through expanded home and community based programs. The growth of home care programs and services requires hundreds of additional home care workers of varying levels of knowledge and skills.
The following links contain information on the the projections for home care workers and the need to expand this workforce.
- Recommendations to Balance Arkansas’s Long Term Care Systemhttp://www.daas.ar.gov/pdf/RecommendationstoBalanceArkansas’sLong-TermCareSystemFinal-nm.pdf
- AARP Fact Sheet-Providing More Long Term Care Support…. http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/health/fs_hcbs_hcr.pdf
- CAREGIVING EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH PROBLEMS CAN COST U.S. COMPANIES A POTENTIAL $13.4 BILLION YEARLYhttp://www.metlife.com/about/press-room/index.html?compID=18685
- Occupational Projections for Direct Care Workers 2008-1018http://directcareclearinghouse.org/download/PHI%20FactSheet1Update_singles%20(2).pdf
- Retooling for an Aging Americahttp://www.iom.edu/Reports/2008/Retooling-for-an-Aging-America-Building-the-Health-Care-Workforce.aspx