In this Crain's Cleveland Business news article, Evelyn Duffy, DNP, RN, FAANP, the Florence Cellar Professor of Gerontological Nursing at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and the associate director of the University Center on Aging and Health at Case Western Reserve University, talks about the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on home health care workers.
Low wages, staffing shortages hinder growing need for more home health services
As Ohio's senior population rapidly grows, so does the need for the home care workers to help them age in place.
But amid a national health care shortage, stagnant wages for a demanding job, and slow growth in the labor force, strengthening the home care workforce is a daunting task.
Ohio's projected job openings for direct care workers from 2018 to 2028 is 229,800 direct care workers who assist older adults and people with disabilities with daily tasks, such as dressing, bathing and eating, according to PHI, a New York-based national organization committed to strengthening the direct care workforce through research and advocacy.