With a rising elderly population, more and more older Americans are choosing to spend time at home..
The only problem is that there is a serious lack of certified home caregivers to aide them. The declining numbers of home health caregivers and the job’s high turnover have a lot to do with low pay rates and an under-appreciation for workers. As the demand for professional and high-quality home caregivers increases, a change needs to happen in the way these workers are paid and viewed by society.
Low Status, Lower Pay Rate
In 2014, the average turnover rate for a home caregiver was 60 percent, meaning that over half of caregivers were leaving their job every year. It’s not hard to see why so many caregivers would start to seek employment elsewhere. Most caregivers are living at or below the federal poverty line. It can be difficult to support yourself or a family on only $21,000 a year, a salary that is far below the average American’s salary of $35,000.
On top of high turnover and low pay rates, home caregivers are on the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to their societal status. This may have to do with the fact that the majority of home caregivers belong to a marginalized group of people, with over 90 percent being women and over half people of color. All of these factors combine to put home caregivers on the top of the list of most underappreciated workers in America.
How Technology is Revolutionizing the Home Caregiving Industry
With innovative new technology taking over the industry, the state of home health care doesn’t have to look this dim forever. Companies like Gravity Care are already creating apps that offer transparency for both home caregivers and those in need of care.
With an app like Gravity Care, it’s easy for certified home caregivers to register with a background check and find high quality, good-paying jobs with ease. Gravity Care also offers educational incentives for personal growth and continuous employment based on reviews and ratings.
Caregivers using Gravity Care are taking part in a community that brings balance and trust to the home care industry.
Caregivers have the autonomy and power they need to take control over their professional lives, earn a great living, and feel appreciated for the work they do.