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If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded - Maya Angelou


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The nation’s aging demographics and the increasing desire of baby boomers to age in place at home will increase the number of jobs for home health aides and personal care aides at a blistering pace —70 percent by 2020, according to projections made by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2010.

Home health care can be demanding, to say the least... just ask any home health care worker who has taken care of a violent Alzheimer's patient. Yet as far as pay goes “They’re still lumped in the same category as teenage babysitters when it comes to how much they make,” President Obama said in 2011. “That’s just wrong. In this country, it’s inexcusable.”

But this may change. As of 2013 "the Obama administration is moving forward with a contentious and long-dormant proposal to institute minimum wage and overtime standards for the in-home healthcare industry... While industry groups are generally supportive of the minimum wage component of the rule, they say paying all those workers overtime would have a huge impact on companies that provide in-home care services."

Source: Administration revives wage and overtime fight for home-care workers, The Hill, February 20, 2013.

The battle for home care workers to get the respect and pay that they deserve has gone on for decades. This may be resolved sooner than we think especially in the face of the needs of the aging baby boomers.