The insufficient supply of personal care workers to meet the demand of an American population increasingly in need of care has been the focus of a number of recent articles in major media outlets. The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Hill and The Washington Post are just a few of the platforms to tackle this emerging national crisis.
An aging baby boomer population, combined with chronically underfunded state Medicaid programs, low wages, lack of benefits and tough working conditions for home healthcare workers, is creating a dire situation for people who rely on all types of personal care. The New York Times reported in 2017 that “if nothing is done to draw more workers into the field, there will be a shortage of at least 350,000 paid care providers by 2040.”
While much of the national concern about the home health labor shortage is focused on the impact for the growing elderly population, the shortage is already having a devastating impact on the disability community. From New York to Minnesota, people with disabilities who rely on personal care attendants are increasingly struggling to maintain sufficient care hours.
In May, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published a piece titled, “Shortage of home health workers forcing young Minnesotans with disabilities into institutions,” which profiled three women who w