Home Care Careers are in High Demand, but Recruiting is a Challenge

Hiring and retention in the home health care industry has always be tough for providers. When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the job market to plummet many believed this would change the hiring process. With millions of people out of work, we all thought, that the home care labor pool was going to grow.

There have been some positive signs for recruitment and retention. Recently, the Indeed Hiring Lab found that home care was not longer a job seekers market, suggesting agencies were finding the workers they needed.

However, many home care agencies disagree. It has been challenging for home care agencies like ourselves to find applicants currently. A recent survey by CNAjobs found that 60% of agencies had recently turned down cases because they could not staff them.

Finding Momentum

Although it has been difficult to find staff many agencies are seeing an increase interest. With the COVID-19 pandemic, people are turning to home care as an alternative to nursing facilities. One of the positives of COVID-19 is that it has brought awareness to the home care industry.

Furthermore, COVID-19 has also attracted more people to careers in home care. Although it has been tough to hire right now, surveys found that more people were interested in working in home care.

Hiring Workers From Other Industries

A new trend found that COVID-19 has also attracted more people to careers in home care. Although it has been tough to hire right now, surveys found that more people were interested in working in home care. Health care has increased their hiring due to COVID-19 and home care doing the same.

At the beginning of the pandemic many retail and restaurant workers lost their jobs. In cases where restaurant workers moved into the home care field, they found it an easy transition. This being the case because they already knew how to work with people and multitask. With the unemployment rate increasing many are looking for new more secure options.

The hiring process may be strained right now for home care agencies, but the future is looking bright.

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