What to Know About the Health Care Field

Those tending to the needs of others, whether it is after surgery, an illness, or simply as the result of aging, occasionally need professional help somewhere along the line.

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

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

Bearing that in mind, we offer some things you ought 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 grows and costs skyrocket.

Get the help you need with the home’s physical structure from Next Day Access of San Antonio. 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.

Please contact Next Day Access of San Antonio and you will come to understand why we say “Whole Home, Whole Life Approach to Accessible Living.”

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