According to a recent article appearing in Forbes, the already urgent need for more home caregivers is expected to rise by upwards of 70% over the next 25 years, and that figure only relates to the number of senior citizens who will require care. In addition to that critical shortage of caregivers, there will also be a huge number of younger patients who are disabled and require home care, although that segment of patients does not grow at the same meteoric rate as elderly care. These figures point up the unprecedented need for more home health caregivers, and the corresponding opportunities available for people seeking a second career, or some part-time work which offers flexible hours and company training to meet the demands of the job.
Statistical Picture of an Aging Population
It is estimated that more than 10,000 people reach the age of 65 every day in the U.S., and the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than half of all those seniors will require long-term home care eventually. While some of these new seniors will be admitted into assisted living facilities or some kind of private nursing homes, the vast majority will stay at home right up until the time that becomes impossible. With that kind of constant increase in the number of patients requiring care, there is simply no way that the supply of home caregivers can keep pace with the number of seniors who require care.
Why the Shortage in Caregivers?
One of the main reasons that the gap between demand for caregivers and the actual supply of such workers is so large is that the healthcare industry is largely regulated by federal law, e.g. Medicare and other programs. That has a tendency to keep pay scales somewhat depressed for some caregiver companies, and that in turn reduces the interest level that prospective workers might have in becoming involved with the industry. Without a really appealing compensation package to entice newcomers into the field, the motivation for becoming a home health caregiver has simply not gained much traction in recent years.
How Pathways is Different
Pathways Private Duty care is much, much different than the home care operations described above, and the company goes out of its way to demonstrate how highly valued its employees are. Compared to most home care facilities, Pathways offers its caregivers a highly competitive salary which is in most cases 50% higher or more, than the national median pay rate for this career choice. In addition to the much higher standard wage, extra compensation is made for hours of work which exceed the normal 8-hour day, for holidays, and for exceeding a 40-hour threshold in any given week.
But the Pathways benefits don’t stop at much better wages for its home caregivers. The national holidays observed in this country are considered worker holidays as well, and any caregivers who choose to work on those days receive special compensation for it. Qualifying workers also receive paid vacation time, so they can plan family time or even a vacation to get away from it all. Caregivers who use their own vehicles are reimbursed at a standard rate for mileage, to cover wear and tear on their vehicles.
Most people, including caregivers, have days where they just don’t feel up to the demands of the day, or they are genuinely ill for whatever reason, and on those days, Pathways allows employees a number of paid sick days to handle the situation. Benefits are included in the employee package as well, with qualifying employees receiving medical, dental, and vision coverage to manage whatever personal health needs may arise. There is even a company pension plan which you can join, so you can be building a nest egg for your own retirement.
One of the most common complaints of ordinary home caregiver companies is that they don’t provide adequate training to home caregivers, and that leaves workers frustrated, and lacking a sense of empowerment. This is another way that Pathways is far different from the norm, since monthly in-service training is offered to caregivers on a regular basis, and additional optional training is made available annually. This provides motivated workers with the means for self-improvement and a very practical broadening of skillsets.
Come Join Us
If you’re looking for a truly rewarding career where your efforts will be valued, and where you will receive the respect you deserve as a healthcare provider, you should contact Pathways Private Duty about getting started. As you can see from the above information on the urgent need for professionals like yourself, job security could hardly be better, and when you’re working with a company like Pathways, you will also be well compensated for all your contributions. If you’re like most home caregivers, once you’ve enjoyed the caring and companionship of helping those patients who really need you, it will become more than a profession for you – it will become a way of life.