In Speech to Congress, President Biden Again Shines Spotlight on Home-Based Care

Posted Sunday, May 2, 2021

This past Wednesday, President Biden addressed Congress and he reiterated the importance of providing care to seniors in their own home.

According to a recent report from the direct care advocacy organization PHI, around 1.3 million individuals will be needed in the direct care workforce by this decade’s end. But 6.2 million additional workers will also need to fill the empty slots made up by those who leave during that time.  More than half of those positions will be home care jobs.

“Two million women have dropped out of the workforce during this pandemic, too often because they couldn’t get the care they need for their family, their children,” Biden said. “800,000 families are on a Medicaid waiting list right now to get home care for their aging parent or loved one with a disability. This plan will help these families and create jobs for our caregivers with better wages and better benefits.”

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