WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Companies that provide at-home health care for seniors are experiencing a shortage of workers. Homecare By Design currently has around 10 full-time positions available. Openings they have not been able to fill for a while.
"Many people don't know that a caregiver shortage is a real thing across the United States." Said Traci Goudy the President of Homecare By Design.
Goudy says the demand for at-home care rose by 20 percent in 2020. She feels government benefits have compounded an issue the industry was already feeling.
"It was kind of rebounding even months ago with just business, in general, the stimulus checks where what was really hurting and then the unemployment," said Goudy.
While the agency has had people applying, management says it is hard to get people to come for an interview.
"Over the last few months when apps do come in and I am reaching out to set up that interview a lot of times I am not getting calls back,” said Monika Pavese the Caregiver Supervisor at Homecare By Design. “If I do get an interview scheduled maybe one out of five are coming in."
Current caregivers at the company are working overtime to fill the demand. The agency says their employees have not been complaining, but they understand extra hours can be stressful.
"I do feel that there is an issue of feeling stretched thin,” said James Woten a Caregiver for Homecare By Design. “As much as people do care about the clients you know when the stress levels get high enough it's very hard to withhold your frustration and things like that."
The company currently has seniors on their waiting list in need of care. Homecare By Design hopes they will be serving those clients soon.
"If we had more caregivers we definitely could serve more seniors,” said Goudy. “We have at least 8-10 people on our waiting list now and we have given them the names of other agencies but the other agencies are giving them our name too."
Homecare by Design currently has around 60 caregivers. To be fully staffed they need around 75 caregivers total. To learn more about the agency click here.