by John Baackes, L.A. Care
February 20, 2018
About 76 million Baby Boomers live in the United States right now. By 2024, all Baby Boomers will be 60 and older. The numbers put a strain on the health care industry, in general, and on the home care industry, in particular.
Here in California, one study predicted the state would need 200,000 more homecare workers by 2024, and that’s provided the state simply maintains current levels of home care coverage. If the industry were to cover everyone who needs some amount of home care, that number could jump to more than 3 million.
The vast majority of older people want to stay in their own home, even when their health declines. Health insurance providers strive to help members remain in the comfort and security of their own homes and communities. And this is where homecare workers come in—they help fulfill this goal, especially for those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, commonly known as dual eligibles.