The Government of Manitoba recently released a report detailing how the Home Care sector of health care is expected to change in Manitoba over the next 20 years. There are many challenges the province expects to face in terms of health care in the coming decades, and one thing is for certain - Health Care Aides can expect to be more in-demand than ever.
We read the report and gleaned the major points which will affect Health Care Aides:
- The Manitoba Bureau of Statistics project that the number of Manitobans aged 65 and older will nearly double by the year 2038
- Admissions of clients into Home Care is expected to increase by 3.5% each year over the next 20 years
- Demand is high, and job vacancy is also high. At any one time, the vacancy rate is 8-10% for Home Care positions
- Many more positions for Health Care Aides are expected to open, including full-time and part-time positions
- The province will require at least 2000 new Health Care Aides across the province to keep up with demand
- More emphasis is expected to be put on Home Care, with hospitals seeking to free up beds and nurses delegating more tasks to Health Care Aides
- The report recommends that the province make the career more attractive to millennials and immigrants, as these are the groups expected to take on most of the workload
- The report also recommends that Health Care Aides receive more thorough, standardized training to equip them better for the changing healthcare landscape
- Health Care Aides are expected to receive more responsibility and autonomy within their roles
In the coming months and years, we can expect the province to push for many new Health Care Aides to be certified. If you are considering this challenging and rewarding career, now is the time to act!
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