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The Bureau of Labor Services estimates 350,000 additional positions (a 56 percent increase) in the sector by 2014.
For those of us who abhor being stuck in a cube at a 9-5 job, the relative freedom and variability of a home health position offers an economically viable alternative to desk-jockey-land.
It's also a good transition point for mid-career jumpers joining the medical field and pursuing advanced degrees in medicine/nursing/healthcare administration...flexible schedules provide the chance to gain industry experience and earn a paycheck while still in school.
In the home health field, time spent with each patient may well be more than new graduates would gain in a hospital setting. Additional interaction time can help increase confidence levels prior to joining a fast-moving, highly stressful acute care team.
The aging active boomer population, with increasing consumer purchasing power, may see home health as a more desirable choice than extended hospital care after surgical procedures.
The growth of personal concierge type services is a trend crossing sector lines into healthcare - personal doc agencies who make house or office calls operate on the fringes of a consumer-driven movement.
We want our healthcare, like other services, to be accessible to us wherever and whenever we desire.
Although many hospital systems have home health agencies, these organizations face the same succession planning challenges as larger systems - and it may be even more difficult to recruit home health aides and nurses, as well as administrators willing to take on the logistical challenges involved in running such a group.
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