U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) expressed support and attention to the home are workforce through a Senate resolution introduced May 10 that stresses the need for a comprehensive approach to expanding and caring for that workforce.
The aging of the baby boom generation will cause the number of individuals who are 65 and older to grow from 40 million to 70 million over the course of the next 20 years, and 12 million adults will need long term services, the resolution states.
With the vast majority of individuals needing those services preferring to receive them at home, the costs of long term services rising, and the workforce not nearly equipped to meet those needs, the comprehensive approach is essential, the resolution notes.
It also points to home care as one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.; an estimated 1.8 additional home care workers that will be needed in the next decade; and the quality of home care jobs being poor with median hourly wages of $9.40.
“It is the sense of the Senate that supporting seniors and individuals with disabilities is an important responsibility of the United States,” the resolution reads, “and that a comprehensive approach to expanding and supporting a strong home care workforce and making long-term services and supports affordable and accessible in communities is necessary to uphold the right of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the United States to a dignified quality of life.”
View Senate Resolution 453.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker