Recognizing Professional Caregivers: the Backbone of Aging Services

On National Caregivers Day We Applaud Those Who Provide Essential Services to
Older Adults - and Press Lawmakers to Support Them

At Skaalen we acknowledge the dedicated professionals who provide care and support to our residents every day.  Today, we are especially pleased to focus on these invaluable professionals on National Caregivers Day, which also recognizes the millions of family caregivers.

The national workforce shortage is affecting aging services organizations locally.  Aging services providers, especially nonprofits like ours, need public officials to act to help us continue to hire and retain the candidates best qualified to deliver quality care that meets our standards.

On National Caregivers Day 2023, we ask you to support our community and our devoted professional caregivers by contacting your elected officials. Visit federal action calling for cosponsors of the Better Care Better Jobs Act.

Just how important are these individuals to older adults and families nationally? Professional caregivers provide support to 20 million older adults who require assistance completing self-care and other daily tasks due to physical, cognitive, developmental, and/or behavioral conditions. It takes millions of skilled, devoted professionals to accomplish this.

Here’s a snapshot of the workforce in our state

  • 103,070 direct care workers
  • 88% of direct care professionals are women
  • 13,880 new jobs needed to meet rising demand

Thank you for recognizing the exemplary caregivers in our community and taking action to support them.

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