Home Health Aides: More than just a job?
Submitted by Michael Cruse on March 20, 2018 - 4:55am
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You may have heard this story before, or more recently on National Public Radio - More Than A Job: Home Care For A Mom With Alzheimer's Disease. As adult educators, the following excerpt is hard to ignore:
"As the elderly population in the United States grows, an increasing number of people require extra help in their daily lives. Because of this, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment for home health aides will grow 40% between 2016 and 2026. Hiring private caregivers, however, can be a financial burden for some families who can't afford to pay an average of $22,170 a year for extra help."
I'm curious how this demand is being felt by adult learners. Many of us, as teachers, program managers, and other stakeholders, have talked about this growing field, but what about the learners themselves? What are their stories?
I would like to interview adults who are entering, currently attending, or who have recently completed home health aide training for a series to help the rest of us better reflect on what is going well, and what still needs to be improved to meet the growing demand for employees in the field.
Please share my contact information with those who may be interested in sharing their stories. Stories can be shared publicly, or under conditions of anonymity in reporting back to the community. Thanks for your help in spreading the word.
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