Recruiting aides who won’t decamp for fast-food jobs will require employers to offer higher wages and benefits like paid sick leave, perhaps through full-time positions.
Aides will also need more education — “a huge issue for this work force even before Covid,” said Dr. Madhuri Reddy, a geriatrician with Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston and a co-founder of a tech company that trains home care aides.
With no federal standards for training or licensing aides, home care operates under a hodgepodge of state requirements — or lack thereof. Thirty-five states set no requirements for home care aides, Dr. Reddy said.
“We license people who cut our hair, but not the people who care for our moms?” Ms. Hoak said. Greater professionalization could promote workers’ stature, their income and their ability to care for elderly and disabled clients.
“We don’t get the respect and help that doctors and nurses do, but we’re