Over the weekend, John Seewer, reporting for the Associated Press, addressed the current and growing shortage of home health care aides. With geriatric care services being shifted from institutional settings to home-based care, the need for qualified home health care aides will be critical to care for the aging baby boomer population. Current pay scales for home health aides are equivalent to that of fast food employees, which is making it difficult for this health care sector to attract qualified applicants. Coupled with the cost of having to travel to patients' homes, home health care companies are predicting that there will be a greater deficit of workers in the next ten years as the economy improves and other sectors become more financially attractive.
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