How Biden’s Plan Could Be Good for Senior Home Care

The Current Challenges for Senior Home Care

Senior Home Care: Family Caregiver Strain

  • Although we are living longer, we’re facing more chronic and debilitating age-related illnesses. The huge Baby Boomer generation is in the prime age for caregiving. They’re also on the cusp of needing some senior home care themselves.
  • Hospital stays are shorter and people wish to age at home. This means more senior home care is needed over longer periods of time.
  • About 60% of caregivers were employed in the last year. Additionally, over half of them work full time. Caregivers’ average age is 49, meaning career and savings goals can be seriously impacted.
  • The average caregiver provides more than 24 hours of care a week. And, many provide much more care than that.
  • Around 10% of working caregivers eventually quit their jobs. This results in an average loss of more than $303,880 each in wages, Social Security income, and pension income. Others reduce hours or give up promotions and other opportunities.

Workforce Challenges in Senior Home Care

Biden’s Plan

Senior Home Care and Caregiving Provisions

  1. Expand access to a broad array of long-term services and supports in local settings, including through closing gaps in Medicaid for home- and community-based services. This includes using $450 billion to boost senior care. Some of those funds will be likely be used to increase Medicaid funding to states to eliminate the 800,000-person waiting list for community-based care.
  2. Establish a long-term care services innovation fund to help expand alternatives to institutional care.
  3. Support family members or loved ones who do this work unpaid. This includes a $5,000 tax credit for informal caregivers, Social Security credits, and professional and peer support for caregivers of active duty service members and veterans.

Senior home care workforce measures:

  • Ensure access to high-quality, affordable child care and offer universal preschool to three-and four-year-olds.
  • Make policy changes intended to support caregivers and early childhood educators. Proposed changes are pay increases, benefits access, training and career development. This includes the choice to join a union and bargain collectively, and other work-related rights and protections.
  • Add community health workers in underserved communities. The plan makes specific provisions for certain groups, addressing large scale health disparities and the opioid epidemic. Another goal is to remove barriers to fill Veterans Affairs facilities vacancies.
  • Engage in a national strategy to recruit, retain, and empower nursing professionals.

What does Biden’s plan for senior home care and caregiver support mean for you?



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