This guest post is contributed by Shelly Sun, CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care®, a premium healthcare staffing company providing the full continuum of care, from private home care to people of all ages, to supplemental staffing for medical facilities, including hospitals, independent/assisted living facilities and doctors’ offices.
The Home Care Trend
The aging population is growing rapidly: Roughly 10,000 baby boomers are becoming seniors each day. By 2015, those over 50 will represent 45 percent of the U.S. population, which means that there is an ever-increasing demand for businesses that cater to senior citizens.
Every year, more and more senior citizens decide to “age in place,” a trend that allows them to age comfortably within the familiar surroundings of their own homes. And according to a recent survey by AARP, nearly all adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes as they age.
In addition, many nurses across the nation are looking for alternative career options to working in a hospital. In-home healthcare agencies allow nurses the opportunity to utilize their skill sets in an unconventional sector of the industry. This career path also provides flexible work hours and offers nurses the ability to develop strong, personal relationships with patients.
The high demand stemming from seniors aging in place, coupled with the fact that the in-home nursing profession offers an alternative, rewarding job within the healthcare industry, is driving the demand for high-quality, professional homecare throughout the nation.
My name is Shelly Sun and I am the co-founder and CEO of BrightStar Care, a full-service home care franchise that provides both medical and non-medical care to people of all ages —from infants to elders. Our more than 250 offices across the country employ more than 16,000 certified nursing assistants, home health aides, and nurses — including 2,000 registered nurses, 2,300 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs).
My husband JD and I founded BrightStar Care in 2002 after having tremendous difficulty finding high-quality home healthcare for my husband’s grandmother. Today, there are many more options available to families in need of outside assistance and the total number of options will only continue to grow. As a matter of fact, according to the latest projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 581,500 new nursing positions will be created through 2018 (a 22.2% increase).
Whether it is recently graduated nursing students or people that have been working in offices or hospitals for many years who are looking for a career change, in-home healthcare is becoming a lucrative and rewarding career option. Families with sick or aging loved ones can now find home care agencies that offer caregiving and companionship services, as well as high-level medical care, too — like infusion therapy, hospice assistance, pediatric nursing, and physical therapy. An agency like BrightStar Care will work with a family to assess the care needs of their loved one to ensure they feel safe, healthy, empowered, respected and comfortable.
While you may not know right away exactly which type of care your loved one needs, one thing is certain: with the recent growth within the industry, the right choice for your loved one is out there — all you have to do is find it.
SeniorLiving.Net is a free service for families to use that are looking for senior care or senior living for a loved one. Call (866) 662-0435 to speak to your local Care Advisor about senior care providers in your local area. http://www.seniorliving.net