The Changing Face of the Home Care Industry

A great change is taking place within the home care market–a change you may have noticed for yourself. Today, up to 45% of caregivers throughout the United States are men, a number that continues to grow as more men become the primary caregivers for family members and consumers with disabilities. For male care attendants, the position comes with unique opportunities, as well as several challenges.

Changing Times, Changing Culture

As the popularity of stay-at-home dads increases, so does the popularity of professional male caregivers. The number of fathers who perform housekeeping duties and take care of their children has nearly doubled since 1989. Particularly during the Great Recession, many men who found themselves out of work picked up duties around the house to assist their spouses, who may have held onto their jobs.

Other factors, including more women working higher paying jobs have made it practical for husbands to handle their family’s domestic responsibilities. As a result, men have gained experience taking care of children, their spouse, their parents, and their in-laws, giving them a firm foundation to become personal care attendants.

Fighting Discrimination and Making a Difference

Unfortunately, men still face challenges and stereotypes that make it difficult for them to be accepted as caregivers. Even with extensive care experience, valuable skills, and physical abilities, there are some excellent male caregivers struggling to secure sufficient hours simply because many consumers are accustomed to female caregivers.

America’s senior citizen population is expected to hit 88 million in 2050, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an additional 1.1 million caregivers will be needed by 2024–a 26% increase over 2014. However, the hiring pool of potential workers will increase at a much slower rate.

We are happy and grateful that men are now entering the home care industry, proving themselves equally qualified and deeply compassionate for those who may need a little extra support in the home.

You Can Help

Regardless of your gender, caregiving is a wonderful way to make a positive difference in someone’s life. To learn more about becoming a GSIL caregiver, contact us today at (603) 228-9680 or info@gsil.org.

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