Startup geriatric care managers or existing GCM’s considering adding private duty home care agency to their practice, should think twice. There is a perilous present and future shortage of homecare aides to employ for the business- the very product of PDHC. Better to partner with a good fully staffed PDHC.
It is a country wide challenge for private duty home care agencies to find staffing, for many reasons. Despite growing demand, caregiver shortages remain as the top problem agencies face today. A whopping 70% of agencies said this was their biggest hurdle in 2016, followed by caregiver turnover, which 53% of agencies agreed was a top threat.
Rising wages for care providers has recently become a more significant problem for home care agencies, when it comes to recruiting. A lack of qualified candidates is the next reason
Another big problem in recruiting was finding caregivers who are within close proximity to clients, yet the problem still paled in comparison to the recruiting factors .
Trumps ban on Muslims affect ‘s health care in general
Recent immigrants from other countries will be kept out. Nurses and doctors who cannot yet practice in the US and care providers in general, who cannot come into the US ,will sorely affect the private duty home care industry on top of the present need for staff in our own country. Any care manager or private duty home care agency will tell you that recent immigrants are a great resource to PDHC and make excellent hard working care providers. Along with nurses they represent 1.5 million workers in healthcare today.
The potential demise of the ACA will affect the number of homecare aides as 1 in 5 depend on the ACA for insurance. If the ACA is changed as threatened, homecare aides may be too sick to work the brutal hours they must work in the PDHC industry.
Geriatric Care Manager beware-better to partner with a private duty homecare agency at this point in the geriatric care management business.
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