Catastrophic Shortage of Home Care Workers in Maine

A new article from the Washington Post highlights a problem that providers have struggled with for years – finding good employees and preventing turnover. Workers in entry-level home health and hospice positions have a difficult job, and can frequently find better wages in other industries.

From the article: “The disconnect between Maine’s aging population and its need for young workers to care for that population is expected to be mirrored in states throughout the country.”

“Care workers in Maine were paid about $11.37 an hour in 2017, according to an AARP report, with a 2019 minimum wage of $11 an hour…even Dunkin’ Donuts pays you more.”

The situation in Maine offers a preview of the challenges providers will face at a national level. Click here to read the full article.

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