How to Get Paid for Caring for Family Members

home health aide and client

According to the AARP, more than 1 in 5 people in the country are caregivers today. That is more than 50 million caregivers, and the number has been rising steadily since at least 2015. Mostly, those caregivers are taking care of friends and family. PHI, a research group that focuses on caregiving, estimates that family…

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The Care Gap: Why We Need More Home Health Aides

Senior with HHA

It does not matter what you call them: home caregivers, personal care assistants, home care workers, or anything else. Home health aides (HHAs) are the most in-demand workers in the country. According to analysis of the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1.3 million more direct care jobs by 2028.…

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Do You Live in a NORC (or Should You)?

Home Exterior, Seniors sitting

Right now, it’s possible that more than twice as many seniors live in NORCs than in planned senior communities. Despite this popularity, NORCs are generally invisible except to the people who live in them. You might not even know a building is a NORC until you move in. You might not even know it immediately…

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Medicaid Limits and Pay for Caregivers

Caregiver and her client

Despite high demand for caregivers, home health aides (HHAs) are still underpaid. Adjusted for inflation, their pay has only risen by about $0.20 over the past decade. That seems to violate the most basic law of economics, supply and demand: as the demand for workers increases, the wages they receive should increase too. But things…

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Domestic Workers and Labor Law

Domestic worker cleans windows

On March 21, 2012, the National Partnership for Women & Families, along with 27 other national organizations, wrote a letter to the US Department of Labor to correct an injustice 75 years in the making.  These 28 organizations were fighting to fix a law that for years had overlooked or excluded domestic workers, including caregivers…

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How Race and Gender Keep Caregivers Underpaid

According to the most recent data from the US Bureau of Labor, the median hourly wage for home health aides (HHAs) is just $11.52 an hour That rate that has hardly changed for the past decade. In general, the pay for care work is actually lower than other jobs with similar characteristics and requirements.  But…

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