Quality home care workforce is a critical component to the home health industry.
Home care workers provide necessary daily assistance and support for homebound individuals, allowing them to live independently in their homes. In fact, home care jobs are among the fastest-growing occupations in the United States.
At present, there are over two million home care workers employed by private agencies or organizations across the country.
But how can we maximize this important resource?
The first opportunity is to prepare and support home care workers with specialized, condition-specific training.
This enables them to observe the health status of consumers so they can provide assistance when needed. They are also able to report any changes in their consumer’s health situation through effective communication systems that keep clinical partners informed.
An example of this could be home care worker training in wound management.
Specialized home care workers are able to provide a wide range of services, from managing wounds and providing treatments for bedsores to assisting with daily living activities like bathing or dressing
This type of support can make an enormous difference when it comes to quality outcomes for consumers as well as their caregivers. The more specialized home care workers we have on the frontlines caring for our most vulnerable populations, the better off they will be.
Specialized home health aides are able to offer these types of support, which makes them more valuable than the traditional one-size fits all approach many hospitals rely on.
An example could be training home care workers how to manage wounds so they can better serve patients with this type of chronic condition who may not have access to specialty medical centers like burn units or wound clinics within their community. However, some home health agencies do not recognize the value of specialized staff and outsource these duties instead.
The home care workforce is the backbone of the eldercare system, and can be a vital asset in meeting society’s ever-growing demand for home care.
There are many ways to maximize their contribution including increased education (e.g. certified nursing assistant) and training opportunities; more support services such as transportation; higher wages that reflect market demands with additional incentives for those who provide home visits or live independently at home without professional assistance.
In order to maximize the contribution of home care workers, advanced roles should be created.
These include people who are condition-specific specialists such as diabetes or dementia experts; senior aides that provide a range of support for family caregivers and other stakeholders in need; health coaches that can help consumers achieve individualized goals like weight loss or quitting smoking; peer mentors and assistant coordinators.
More examples of Advanced Home care Roles
– home care workers who have a clinical background and specialize in certain areas, like dementia or pain management
– home care coaches that can help consumers achieve individualized goals like weight loss or quitting smoking; peer mentors and assistant coordinators.
– home health aides with more training to respond to specific needs – including the ability to recognize symptoms of sepsis without delaying treatments while waiting for medical professionals from an ambulance service.
– home health aides trained as nutritionists to monitor food intake and administer prescribed medications around meal times
These solutions will be expensive at first but they are worth it considering their benefits: our quality of life would improve, patients might avoid unnecessary hospitalization altogether, healthcare costs would go down by reducing read
It is clear that people need to be better trained before they can take on major roles in the home care profession. Workers are currently under skilled, and so there needs to be increased compensation for those who want to further their education and work at higher-paying jobs within this field.
Home care workers are what make up the backbone of our system. They provide a vital service that is impossible without them, yet they often go unrecognized and underpaid for their hard work. In order to improve this dynamic, we need to invest in advanced roles within home-care; these can be implemented with current allowable practice parameters as long as safety guidelines are followed closely by those who receive sufficient training, support and oversight.