The healthcare industry is constantly growing. No matter what may happen in the economy or in the world, the need for specialists to help maintain and improve our health is a necessary part of life. One of the fastest-growing areas in the medical field is that of home health. Taking Home Health Aide Courses gives you the preparation to enter one of today’s most popular careers.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that career opportunities for home health aides will increase by 48% through 2022. That means it’s estimated there will be over a million possible jobs - 1,299,300 to be exact – available for qualified aides. But what is making this career field explode?
The Baby Boomer Generation is defined as persons born after World War II between the years of 1946 to 1964. As this group of roughly 76 million Americans age, they find themselves needing increased care and assistance to maintain a good quality of life. As the population ages, these people will find themselves relying on home health aides to assist them with light housekeeping, arranging transportation, preparing food, administering medication, providing companionship and more.
Let’s be honest – given the option between sharing a room in a hospital or sleeping in your own bed at home, most people would choose to sleep in their own bed. Being able to rest easy in comfortable surroundings and being able to eat home-cooked meals instead of food from a hospital cafeteria sounds like a much more appealing option for those who are deciding where they want to stay. For this reason, those baby boomers and others who find themselves sick, injured or otherwise unable to care for themselves, are turning to the assistance of home health aides.
People are willing to pay for this kind of healthcare, too. And now, policies are in place to ensure these home care aides are benefitting from the rise in demand. Recently, the government has passed a ruling giving home care aides the same protection as other workers, giving them job protection and higher hourly wages. The new ruling is set to go into effect on January 1, 2015 and, if you enroll in the Ashworth College online Home Health Aide course now, you should be ready to graduate when these benefits are available to you. The timing is perfect!
Your Home Health Aide Courses are designed to prepare you for an exciting and meaningful career that is in demand. Your skills will help you provide others with a more beneficial life and in turn, your future career outlook is bright, too.
A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.