An op-ed we published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch explores the shortage of excellent home care aides and how outstanding training can help solve this crisis.
Caregivers do extremely difficult work every day and yet are widely underpaid. This gap discourages otherwise excellent aides from pursuing a career in the home care industry.
One way to address this shortage is for industry and community organizations to collaborate to offer high-quality training.
“There is, of course, no single answer to this caregiver conundrum. Recent innovation and investment in home care have been narrowly focused on developing technology to support care needs. Technology is important, but is only one component of a true solution. Another element should be the development of innovative training to attract candidates to the field. Collaboration between industry and local community organizations may offer a template for adding the right type of caregivers to the marketplace.”