Residential care settings such as assisted living communities will need to fill more than 1.2 million direct care jobs over the next decade, including new jobs and positions that become available as existing workers leave the field or the labor force, according to a report released Tuesday.
The number is small, however, compared with the 4.7 million direct care jobs that will be available in home care from 2018 to 2028, according to “It’s Time to Care,” a report citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and released by national research and consulting organization PHI. But it’s more than the estimated 621,000 direct care positions that nursing homes will need to fill in the same timeframe, PHI said.
“Our primary goal with this campaign is to spark and sustain a year-long conversation across our field — from policymakers to industry leaders to the full array of advocates — about why the direct care workforce matters, the variety of structural barriers facing these workers, and what we must do to transform these jobs and improve care for all of us,” Robert Espinoza, vice president of policy at PHI, said in a statement.
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