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Crisis in Aging: Disability and Alzheimer's: Lack of Caregivers Threatens South Florida Seniors' Ability to Stay Home
Date:9/29/2009

to stay at home? "A shortage of caregivers could exacerbate the crisis," Bidwell said. A January 2009 Annual Report released by Home Instead Senior Care entitled "When the Age Wave Hits: The State of Senior Caregiving in America," estimated that more than two million caregivers nationwide will be needed to keep pace with the demand in the decade ahead.

"At our company alone - the largest of its kind, but one of many throughout our country - the number of CAREGivers nationally is about 60,000," Bidwell said. His Home Instead Senior Care office is part of an international franchise company whose professional CAREGivers go into the homes of seniors to help them with their non-medical needs such as companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, errands and shopping.

"To keep pace with this projected demand for caregivers, our company would need to double its care force in just three years, according to our research," Bidwell explained. "On a positive note, these projections will mean job opportunities for Florida workers hit hard by the economy, providing a flexible part-time option for additional income or a new career in a fulfilling job field - caring for older adults. We've certainly seen the needs of seniors in our area drive the demand for our services, which in turn creates more caregiving jobs," Bidwell said.

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