• Kimberly Hamilton

Home Health - Immigrants Aide Shortages in Caregivers

The Executive Summary

There are about 76.4 million baby boomers in the country.

According to some studies, an average senior spends more than three times annually on healthcare compared to average working-aged Americans. However, today, baby boomers are expected to live longer while suffering from some chronic, long-standing conditions.

According to a prediction, by 2030, more than one in four baby boomers will suffer from diabetes while others have arthritis. The Health Care industry is ready for these challenges in American healthcare. For that, they are coming up with several jobs in the field, such as nursing facilities, pharmaceutical for an upcoming growing demand.

However, no other profession will be hit by the baby boomers population in America as home health aides workers who provide health care to seniors, younger and disabled individuals cope with their medical emergencies and needs. Today there are around 875,000 home health aides, but this figure is expected to grow in the future. This is because hiring an aide can be least expensive than an assisted living facility full-time and entering a nursing home.

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics between 2012 and 2022 projects that home health aides will be the third-fastest occupation in the United States. According to 3PHI, a group (a group made up of home health aides, nursing aides, and personal care aides) that studies the industry states that by 2020, the direct care workforce in America will be 5 million people strong. That will make direct care workers, the largest occupational group in the United States.

The smaller number of physicians in rural communities per capita can make around 11.1 million elderly and baby boomers vulnerable to health care challenges as they age.


Key Findings

Today, when there is more need for health aides, counties outside of metropolitan areas are still lacking.

When calculating per capita, there are 20% more home health aides working in metropolitan areas compared to rural communities. In 2013, the home health aides in metropolitan were 264 for every 100,000 people while communities that are outside of metropolitan areas had only 22.

Non-metro Areas have a Strong need for Home Health Aides.

Currently, home care aide is for patients with disabilities and the elderly. These groups are found mostly outside of metro areas. The average age of the resistance in the non-metro city community is 40 years or 2.5 years older than the metro counterparts. 51% of working-age Americans residing in non-metro areas are more likely to be disabled than those residing in metro communities.

The number of home health aides in some states is available outside of metro areas are low.

In the whole nation, currently, there are 258 home health aides available for every 100,000 people. In the non-metro parts of Alabama, there are just 35 lakh aides for every 100,000 residents. Whereas in other states, including Washington State, Nebraska, and Arizona, the figure is lower than seven.

The supply of Home Health Aides


According to the U.S. Bureau of LaborStatistics’ Occupational Employment Survey, the home health aides per 100,00 people in the Metro area are 264 whereas the home health aides per 100,00 people in the non-Metro are 224.

Citing Sources in APA Format. Retrieved https://research.newamericaneconomy.org/report/a-helping-hand-how-immigrants-can-fill-home-health-aide-shortages-in-americas-rural-communities/

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