Home care worker shortage may affect facilities in future, report finds

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A shortage of home care workers in the future could force older people into nursing homes too soon, a new report in the Dallas Morning News finds.

The U.S. currently has about one million home care aides. It will need as many as two million by 2017 and as many as four million by 2030, experts said. The doubling of the 65-and-over population in the next 25 years will put pressure on demand, the report said.

But low wages and benefits, low wages and lack of training prevent people from working in home health. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that home healthcare workers are not entitled to minimum wage or overtime pay.