What to Know About the Health Care Field

Those who provide care for others, whether it is after surgical procedures or as the result of aging, occasionally need professional help to get the job done.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2016 that nearly 815,000 people are employed in the home health care field, covering numerous areas such as home health care services, individual and family services, continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities and more.

You may already have used Next Day Access of Orange County, your locally-owned and locally-operated leading provider of home accessibility solutions, for the installation of devices helpful in patient care – stair lifts, wheelchair ramps, portable showers, grab bars. Sometimes, though, the need for help exceeds an individual’s capacity to give it.

If you’re hiring help, here are some things you need to know about workers in the home health care field:

*It is not a high-paying job. Hiring through agencies will inflate your costs but here is what the workers get paid: The median hourly wage is $10.87, or $22,600 yearly. The hourly mean wage bottoms at $8.65 and peaks at around $15. Much of the difference is attributable to geography.

Alaska, which has only 1,370 home health care workers, pays the highest wages ($16 an hour, $33,290 a year). North Dakota, which also is in short supply with 1,420 workers, is second in cost ($15.95, $33,170). The New York City metropolitan area employs the most workers nationally, with about 160,000, who earn an hourly mean of $11.38, or $23,680 annually.

While those wages are not astronomical to the person receiving them, they can be a devastating expense to folks who must pay them. Medicare may cover certain costs but the complexities are endless. Long-term care policies can be a blessing, but many insurers do not write them anymore because they’re so costly to sustain as life expectancy increases.

Get the help you need with the home’s physical structure from Next Day Access of Orange County. Get all the information you can on home health care – how aides are trained, what they will do and what they will cost – before you make critical decisions about the care of your loved one. Call Next Day Access of Orange County and be part of our “Whole Home, Whole Life Approach to Accessible Living.”

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