Submitted by editor on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:53
The trend of “aging in place” is creating alternative career opportunities for those entering the health care field. Specifically, more nurses are finding their first or mid-career jobs caring for people in their homes, versus the four walls of a hospital or other health care facilities.
Here are a few statistics to clarify:
According to the latest projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 581,500 new nursing positions will be created through 2018 (a 22.2% increase.)
The rise in the nation’s aging population, coupled with the growing trend of seniors wanting to “age in place” in the familiar surroundings of their own homes, are putting in-home care nurses in high demand. Many of these newer crops of nurses are finding in-home care to allow them more flexible hours than hospital settings, as well as allow them to develop strong, personal relationships with patients in their homes.
The aging population has contributed to booming growth of the senior care segment. According to a recent survey by AARP, nearly all adults over 50 feel that staying in their own homes as they age is important. By 2015, those over 50 will represent 45 percent of the U.S. population, which means that the first wave of Baby Boomers is joining the rapidly growing list of seniors who want to “age in place.” HBM
BrightStar Care is a full-service home care agency that provides both medical and non-medical care to patients of all ages. Currently, BrightStar Care employs 4,000 nurses that provide high-level care to people in their homes, and they project to hire another 15,000 nurses over the next five years based on current hiring rates.
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