PCAs are in demand!
The U.S. is rapidly aging. Twenty-five percent of the population will be age 60 or older by 2030(1)which has already created a higher demand for assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing.
Most older adults would prefer to live at home with access to safe, person-centered, high-quality long-term supports and services; the kind provided by PCAs.
Evidence indicates a direct association between comprehensive PCA training and fewer, high-cost health outcomes such as falls and emergency department visits.
PCAs and other direct care workers are the fastest growing workforce in the nation but availability already exceeds demand and it is estimated that 1.6 million more workers will be needed by 2020.(2)
Where will all these employees come from?
1. (U.S. Administration on Aging (2008). Projections of the population by age and sex for the United States: 2010 to 2050 (NP2008-T12), Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau; August 14. Retrieved January 21, 2014 from http://www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics/future_growth/future_growth.aspx#age)
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012; PHI 2013