There’s No Place Like Home Health for Millennial Clinicians

The growing movement for aging in place, along with the overall aging of the U.S. population, has resulted in a booming marketplace for home healthcare, and there’s expanding interest among clinicians to follow the new opportunities in this industry. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections, home healthcare services is the fast growing sector of employment. By 2026, the sector will grow 54%, adding 738,200 jobs, compared to the average employment growth in all industries projected at 7%.

For Millennials, home health can provide the autonomy and meaningful work they are looking for. There are opportunities for one-on-one care where individuals can truly connect with their patients and spend the quality time they need with them. They’re providing an intimate level of health service where they can have an impact on patients’ daily lives. When people go into others’ homes to provide care, they are in a very personal setting, and they’re helping people overcome their day-to-day struggles in their own environment.

Making a Difference in Patients’ Lives

Home healthcare workers often meet with the patient’s family members and loved ones in their homes, because that’s where many patients live, so they can learn much more about the root causes and conditions of the problems their patients face. They also help get services in place so patients can stay in their homes, or can help move furniture or build ramps to reduce falls. Every day, home healthcare workers have a big impact on the quality of life of their patients. Having a meaningful impact is another important desire for Millennials.

Working in home healthcare can be empowering for clinicians because they have a great deal of autonomy in their work. A lot of decision-making about patient care is up to workers in their one-on-one meetings with patients. They may have a team of professionals behind them, but they are on the ground assessing the situation and the patient’s current condition, then making decisions based on what they think is best for them.

Home health work can provide flexibility, because workers are usually making their own appointments and deciding on their own schedule. Many home health clinicians go out and see their patients, then go home to do all of their paperwork.

Autonomy Means More Responsibility

But home health may not be for everyone, because with autonomy comes a great deal of responsibility. Clinicians may be in situations where they have to make decisions with serious consequences on the spot – there isn’t a physician or nurse or any kind of specialist right down the hall. They also don’t have the camaraderie of working in an office or on a unit, though they will have team meetings and they often cross paths with colleagues in the field. There is also quite a bit of traveling, whether that means going between apartment buildings in a city or driving miles to homes in rural areas.

But all of these specifics can be positives for many people. The independence of working in home health can be very appealing, especially to Millennial clinicians who crave flexibility and autonomy in their work.

There’s a positive outlook for growth in the home healthcare sector. Advancements in technology and communication tools improve patient access to care. There is greater interaction and collaboration with traditional care, thus expanding a patient’s care team to the comfort of their own home. Better patient outcomes, greater cost efficiency, and the preference of healthcare consumers to be treated at home, along with a rapidly aging U.S. population, are all fundamentals that will lead to the growth of home health and provide meaningful jobs for clinicians.

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