How To Tackle The Caregiver Crisis — Once And For All

More than 15 million U.S. adults require some degree of personal care, whether it’s from a friend, family member or paid caregiver. But factors such as the worsening caregiver shortage and the fragmentation of services are making formalized care harder to receive.  That’s according to a new report from New York-based direct care workforce advocacy […]

18% of Home Care Workers Live Below the Federal Poverty Line

Despite the exceedingly high demand for their services, one in six U.S. caregivers lives in poverty. That’s according to new data from PHI, a New York-based national research, consulting and direct care advocacy organization. The organization releases an overview of wage and employment trends in the U.S. home care workforce annually. The research gleans information […]

32% of Employees Quit Jobs to Provide Informal Care at Home

Throughout the past decade, more and more Americans have been forced to leave their jobs to take care of aging loved ones. It’s a trend all but guaranteed to continue moving forward — unless employers start teaming up with home care providers. In the U.S. alone, roughly 44 million people step in as informal caregivers. […]

Caregiver Registry Trend Raises Unionization, Privacy Concerns

In an effort to ensure home care workers are adequately screened and trained, a growing number of states are rolling out caregiver registries. But depending on the requirements, some worry the registries could do the home care industry more harm than good. Currently, at least 12 states and the District of Columbia have online training […]

3 Ways Home Care Providers Can Maximize an Employee’s Last Day

With industry turnover rates consistently above 60% and estimated costs to replace veteran employees averaging thousands of dollars, strengthening retention remains a top priority for most home care providers. Getting off to a good start with new hires is a pillar to successful retention, but providers can’t afford to overlook employees’ last day on the […]

5 Ways to Create an Ideal First Day for Home Care Hires

Even with rapid-fire regulatory changes, potential technology disruption and sweeping consolidation on the horizon, most home care leaders agree: The recruitment and retention of workers is still the industry’s No.1 challenge. With industry turnover hovering above 60% and a national unemployment rate dipping to below pre-2008 levels, it’s crucial home care agencies hit the ground […]

Immigrants Play Large Role in Combating Home Health Caregiver Shortage

A large proportion of home health workers in the U.S. are immigrants, according to a new study compiled with census data. But stricter immigration policies proposed by the Trump administration could reduce the number of foreign-born health care workers and further fuel the nationwide caregiver shortage, some experts say. More than 23% of home health, […]

Home Care Companies Increase Use of Noncompetes, Other Contract Restrictions

For decades, companies have used noncompete clauses to retain top executives and protect trade secrets. But now, similar agreements are becoming more common among low-wage home care workers, which experts say can be a double-edged sword. As the caregiver shortage continues and the demand for home care increases, restrictive agreements will only become more common, […]