Sue Haglind is the executive director of Genetic Health Rx and a private duty personal care assistant. She lives in Lakeville, Minnesota. One thing she's seen in her work that worries her is that the overall need for home health aides and personal care assistants is going up, but people aren't becoming more interested in these jobs. From 2016 to 2026, the number of jobs for home health and personal care aides is expected to grow by 40%, which is much faster than the average for all jobs. As the baby boomer generation gets older and the number of older people grows, the need for home health aides and personal care aides will keep increasing. Keep reading to find out more about this exciting subject.
As a private duty personal care assistant, Sue Haglind knows how hard this kind of work can be. She also knows how good it can feel when it works out. When one person can help another person stay in their own home and get the home health care they need, it's suitable for both people. It keeps people out of hospitals and retirement communities. Even though there are more people who need home health aides, there aren't enough of them right now. Ms. Haglind, on the other hand, hopes that as more people talk about this issue, it will become more known, and more people will want to work in this field and make a living there.