ISSUE BRIEF: Meeting Care Needs of the Rising Elder Population
In a new issue brief, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) answers several important questions about the future of eldercare in the U.S.
The brief notes that the number of professionals entering the field of eldercare is insufficient to meet the increasing demand that will be felt as a result of the rising “silver tsunami” — a reference to the huge numbers of baby boomers who will be entering retirement age in the coming years.
The issue brief also highlights the importance of person-centered home care, which is ideally provided by interdisciplinary care teams comprising a range of health care professionals, from physicians to direct-care workers.
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The latter are particularly important in care delivery, since direct-care workers are estimated to provide an estimated 70 to 80 percent of hands-on care.
“An interdisciplinary team is the key to successful home care,” the brief states. “Direct-care workers and…family caregivers play a critical role in home care. Support for their work and training are essential to providing quality care.”
The brief suggests several ways that readers can encourage Congress to support improved care quality for elders.
— by Matthew Ozga