As Pandemic Eases, Home Care Providers Discover Some Costs Stick

Posted Sunday, July 18, 2021

Home care providers and other aging services saw a rise in costs due to the pandemic that is likely to not return to pre COVID level.

According to a recent report from the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the top three costs during the pandemic were increased pay, hiring additional staff and personal protective equipment (PPE).  Expenses, particularly PPE are likely to remain going forward.

“I think it’ll be a part of doing business moving forward,” Peter Ross, the CEO of Senior Helpers, told Home Health Care News. “I think your home care companies will start to build in the cost of masks and gloves, for instance, into their overall operating cost. So maybe, in general, they might aggregate 25 cents more per hour across the board for people.”

“We always had latex gloves or something for caregivers. That was a given, but what was new to us was the face masks, facial shields and gowns obviously,” Ross said. “Now, it’s not as drastic with the gowns and face shields over the mask, but the rest — I think — is here to stay.”

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