Critical Shortage of Home Health/Personal Care Aides
There are nearly 2.3 million in-home caregivers in the U.S., but due to an aging population, there is a critical shortage of such aides that is projected to only get worse. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be more than 710,000 openings for such workers every year over the next decade. Such job openings in Colorado are projected to grow by 30 to 40% through year 2028. This has cascading effects, one being that hospitalized patients can sometimes not be discharged when ready for release because they cannot get post-treatment care at home. Nursing homes can’t regularly fill the gap because they too often have staffing shortages that limit new admissions.