As Population Ages, So Does Texas’ Supply of Home Health Workers

As Texas’ elderly population continues to swell across the state—and throughout the United States—more seniors are finding themselves in need of home care workers. But that work force is aging, too, and attracting young people to the profession is a challenge, according to the Texas Tribune.

Most workers in home healthcare make low wages, which makes the profession less appealing to young workers. But they’ll soon be eligible for fatter paychecks, after the Labor Department announced last year that the nearly 2 million workers who provide in-home care for people who are elderly, sick or disabled will be subject to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections start in January 2015.

For years, home health workers have been exempt from minimum wage and overtime laws because of a stipulation that classified them as similar to casual babysitters.

 

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