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Why Home Health Aide Jobs are Plentiful

Home Health Aide jobs are growing every year, and if you’ve ever taken a look at healthcare job postings, these jobs are readily available. There are a few key reasons why these jobs are plentiful and should not be expected to decrease any time soon.

The primary reason these jobs exist is the aging baby boomer generation. As this generation begins to need more specialized care, many people still want to live in their homes and require the services of a Home Health Aide.

This job encompasses a wide range of duties but is typically fairly basic activities such as running errands, doing chores, and basic medical services. Since many older individuals may be able to live independently but still need help in a few areas, the demand for these employees has grown tremendously.

Another reason there are many of these jobs is due to economics. Skilled nursing homes and retirement villages are often prohibitively expensive, but aides are available at a much lower rate. They can also be used for only a few hours a week if needed, if a person is fairly independent.

In the common case where a person needs only part-time help, moving to a skilled facility is not the best option. Most people feel much better about hiring a Home Health Aide for their parents or grandparents, rather than encouraging a move to a residential facility. For families who may not be able to afford the higher costs of living, hiring an aide is usually one of the best options as well.

These are some of the main reasons why aide jobs have grown in recent years. For individuals who may have aging grandparents or parents, aides allow people to maintain some independence while also providing valuable services and allowing people to continue living their normal lives.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Kevin says:

    Homemakers are supposed to be Home Health Aides for Veterans who need skilled services, case management, and assistance with activities of daily living (e.g., bathing and getting dressed) or instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., fixing meals and taking medicines); are isolated or their caregiver is experiencing burden. I suppose that is why it is so important to get the proper training and certification for a health aide just as much as a nursing degree.

  2. Gerald says:

    I find it both interesting and encouraging, especially for the sake of those who are considering embarking on a career path as a nurse aide. Needless to say, the purpose of the Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide program is to provide infrastructure support for the development, evaluation, and demonstration of a competency based uniform-curriculum to train qualified nursing assistants and home health aides to meet the growing healthcare needs of the aging population. The NAHHA program, promises to strengthen the direct care workforce by providing nursing assistants and home health aides with the necessary skills that can be transportable to any job market in the nation. I’d say that qualifies for a promising program. It’s all the more reason to seriously consider a career in this rewarding medical field.

  3. Edward says:

    One aspect of the Affordable Care Act that has flown under the radar is its potential to increase employment in the health care sector for everyone, including people of color. Currently, health care employees comprise 12 percent of the labor force, making this sector the largest employer in the economy. The Affordable Care Act will only increase this share, not just because the newly insured will boost the demand for health care, but also because many who already have insurance will likely seek more preventive care than they did before. What I gathered from this report is that the Affordable Care Act and demographic trends, employment in nearly all health care jobs is expected to grow drastically between now and 2020. Ensuring that people of color are able to take part in this job growth is vital both for the families and communities that benefit from this economic opportunity directly, and for the patients of color who will benefit from having more culturally competent providers.

  4. Jacquelyn says:

    The way I see it, as more people become eligible for healthcare, combined with the continuous aging of the population, there should be more demand for healthcare jobs. And as the job market gets more competitive, more people that don’t already have job skills will turn to this industry for a healthcare job. I might actually entertain the idea of exploring this type of job. I wonder if it isn’t more difficult for a 45 year old person to get a degree and job in healthcare.

  5. Oliver says:

    The overall recovery of the U.S. economy is still sluggish, but if you’re looking for work, I’m not one to argue that the healthcare field is a good option. Health care is adding several hundred thousand jobs a year regardless of what’s going on in the broader economy, but when the broader economy hits a tailspin, then that health care jobs growth stands out that much more. Employment rose in the health care industry over the last six years, even as jobs disappeared overall during the Great Recession and have reappeared slowly since.

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