If you want fresh evidence of the caregiving crisis that lies in the not-too-distant future, look no further thanthe employment projections released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics late last year.
Topping the list of occupations expected to grow between 2012 and 2022 are personal care aides, in the No. 1 slot (580,800 new positions); home health aides, No. 4 (424,200 jobs); and nursing assistants, No. 6 (312,200 jobs).
All these workers provide similar services, helping clients — mostly seniors — bathe, dress, get up in the morning and perform other activities at home or in group homes, assisted living centers, rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes.
Filling paid caregiving jobs with immigrants is another option — indeed, already one in five direct care workers today is foreign born. But there is strong political opposition to increased immigration, which may limit the number of potential caregivers. Cultural and language differences can also complicate the caregiving relationship.
Read about this in the New York Times on February 26, 2014 by Judith Graham
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