By Bob Smith, CEO at Priority Care Solutions, a division of Genex Services
When employees sustain complex, severe or catastrophic injuries, they may require home health services. Today, there are significant challenges facing home health, which could affect our industry’s ability to meet the home care needs of injured employees. We must be aware of these issues and be prepared with strategies to minimize resulting risks.
Today, a key issue is the shortage of nursing professionals across health care in general and a shortage of home health aides in particular. There are an estimated 2 million home health workers across the U.S.1 These caregivers looked after 7.6 million in-home clients in 2007 – and this number could rise to 28 million by 2030.2 This is because the elderly and disabled populations are growing, particularly with aging baby boomers. As a result, the U.S. may need as many as one million new home health aides by 2026.3