Through this partnership, HCAOA and NAHC have released a report, The Home Care Workforce Crisis: An Industry Report and Call to Action, which addresses the needs of the home care aide and nursing workforce, the supply and demand issues for home-based care, and actionable solutions for stakeholders.
To create the report, HCAOA and NAHC gathered some of the industry's most experienced leaders from home care organizations across the nation to assess the challenges and develop possible solutions. This report offers policy recommendations and operational best practices to address the workforce shortage in home-based care.
“This is more than just a crisis for home care; it is a crisis for our country and its growing older population and their families who are now struggling to find the care they need to keep their loved ones safe and at home,” said HCAOA CEO Vicki Hoak. “This report is just the first step to addressing the home care workforce shortage, but it is a significant one. It encapsulates the industry’s commitment to elevating the profession of caregiving and urges other stakeholders and policymakers to join us in solving this problem."
“The supply of nurses and home care aides is not sufficient to meet the demand for their services, which means America’s most vulnerable population suffers,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi. “Family caregivers are already stretched beyond the limit, leading them to take unpaid leave, lose wages, and suffer from care burnout. This also leads people to seek care from costlier settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes. The home care workforce crisis has implications far beyond the care at home community.”