This sobering article is about a brutal irony of the age wave flooding the ranks of the U.S. population. The hands-on home health care workers who tend to the old and sick are giving up on the profession at an alarming rate. 40% are gone after just one year. With an average salary of $20,000/year, who could blame them?
This inconvenient attrition of a key player in the aging process presents the “soon to be old” with the distinct possibility of winding up “unattended” at the worse possible time. Now what?
Maybe it’s time to upgrade the profession with new training programs, standardized credentials, expanded responsibilities and salaries that sustain a career. To accomplish this, some forward thinking organization will have assume the role of early adapter and develop a new professional model, field test it and document its advantages and viability.