Giving Compass’ Take:
• Nicole Corea shares insight from experts at The Aspen Institute who argue that long-term care workers in the U.S. receive insufficient training and pay and will not be able to keep up with the demand of the aging population.
• How can philanthropy improve the quality of long-term care in the U.S.?
• Learn about human services’ role in improving healthcare.
Conversations around health care in the US often revolve around doctors, hospitals, and the rising cost of insurance. Lost in these exchanges is the importance of the long-term care industry. As the population ages, direct care workers such as home care aides and certified nursing assistants are becoming essential to more families in the US. Census estimates indicate that by 2050, the population aged 65 and over will be almost double what it was in 2012. 70 percent of that population will require long-term care.
Long-term care is a challenge because it’s confusing, expensive, and because the costs and need for it are going to explode as people get older and retire.
Despite being protected by an Obama-era minimum wage and overtime extension, many of the 2 million home care workers live on or below the poverty line. The workforce is dominated by immigrant women of color who care deeply about their jobs but receive little to no training.
Read the full article about long-term care by Nicole Corea at The Aspen Institute.
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