Yesterday, I talked about how the senior care shortage could have a negative impact on a community. Although this can be a very serious issue, as it is for the residents of Kearney, Nebraska, not all communities are being impacted in such a negative way. In fact, there are bits and pieces of goods news popping up all over the U.S. as communities are rising to the challenge of a care shortage and actually helping their neighbors to live in a more prosperous community as a result of this.
Although there are frustrations across the country because of care worker shortages, there are also places where the care industry is doing better than ever. For example, a new care facility is getting set to open up in Kansas that will supply about 600 jobs to the surrounding neighborhoods. This is exciting news for this part of the country, and it shows that there is a huge demand for senior care that still needs to be met. It also shows that there are good job prospects in this industry–especially in regions that are not seeing the record low levels of unemployment that some portions of the country are seeing. This development might not be a permanent solution to the care worker shortage, but it definitely is a small victory in the overall fight.
It can be easy to get caught up in the bad stuff that’s going on around us, but that only blinds us to the good things that are happening. We need to be aware of the negatives, but we also need to celebrate the positives. For example, some of the leading job creators in the senior care industry are actually surprises. Tech developers, legal advisors, and work from home jobs all have helped contribute to the senior care sector in ways that could not have been imagined 20 years ago. In fact, it begs a really big question: what will the senior care industry look like 20 years from today?
We don’t know the answer to that. But we do know that there are solutions out there. Even if there is an impending care crisis, there are ways that we can avoid the issues that this could bring as a community. Some creative thinking might be needed, but that’s okay. Society and the needs that it brings change over time, and responsible businesses need to learn how to change to accommodate those needs to help their clients. In a business like senior care, that is especially important.
If you have concerns about finding the right care for an elderly loved one, don’t worry. There are a lot of resources out there that can help point you in the right direction. We are one of them! Please don’t hesitate to give us a call, peruse our blogs, or reach out by email. One of our professionals will get back to you–and there’s no obligation on your end. We offer free consultations designed to answer your questions and ease your mind, not add to an already stressful situation.