Home health aide training and agency matching program responds to nationwide unemployment, caregiver shortages and unprecedented demands of caring for an aging population

Boston, MA – August 4, 2020- CareAcademy, the leading home health empowerment platform preparing workers for the growing eldercare market and home care model, announced the launch of its ‘Future of Work is Home Care’ program to reskill millennial workers for the growing home care market. As part of its commitment to reskilling one million new workers into direct care by 2023, CareAcademy’s home health aide training and agency matching program will enable thousands of individuals to enroll in a specialized, four-hour online reskilling program for direct care workers, the fastest-growing work in the U.S., putting them on track to become in-home caregivers, or home care workers. 

Healthcare is faced with meeting the needs of a rapidly aging baby boomer population and a nationwide caregiver shortage, both of which are presenting unprecedented industry wide demand for direct care workers. With unemployment at its highest since the Great Depression, the job market is ripe for reskilling opportunities that can help get people back to work, while addressing growing home care needs. CareAcademy’s ‘Future of Work is Home Care’ program enrolls individuals in classes that, once completed, can be used as stackable credentials after they are matched with an agency partner to complete the requirements needed for home care roles.

The number of individuals aged 65+ is projected to double from 703 million in 2019 to 1.5 billion globally by 2050. In response to this expected growth, Grand View Research predicts the home healthcare market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9 percent between 2020 and 2027. With an aging baby boomer population who have more complex health needs, the need for a well-trained home care workforce will only continue to grow. As the demand for adequately trained home care workers grows in response to this trend, so will the need to ensure they have the highest quality training and resources to deliver the very best care to older adults.

As part of this program, CareAcademy has collaborated with the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) – the industry’s leading trade association, currently representing nearly 3,000 companies that employ more than 500,000 caregivers across the United States, with the goal of matching learners with agencies. To become a Home Health Aide (HHA) and be fully reskilled to work in the Home Care industry, agency’s will be provided with an exclusive opportunity to leverage CareAcademy’s blended (online and instructor-led) HHA Certification program.  CareAcademy’s partnership with HCAOA is a first-of-its-kind innovation to directly connect home care employers to caregiver candidates. To learn more about how employers & home care agencies can leverage this campaign, visit here: https://careacademy.com/the-future-of-work/agency-signup/

Additionally, the company has partnered with Kairos, a U.S.-based private company that builds products in the housing and healthcare sectors, to match candidates with potential job opportunities after they’ve completed their training. After taking up to four hours of training, candidates have the opportunity to take more classes that can count toward Home Health Aide qualification depending on the state licensure requirements via CareAcademy’s partner agencies. CareAcademy’s partnerships with Kairos and such companies are a first step in not only adding more direct care workers but also ensuring direct care workers can meet the needs of the moment. Best of Care, Inc. is also among the partner agencies helping to fulfill the remaining training requirements for eligible candidates and getting them to work with clients. 

Over the coming weeks, CareAcademy will announce additional partnerships within its Future of Work program that will help reskill and further upskill direct care workers into healthcare jobs. To learn more about how CareAcademy is enabling home health aide jobs, visit here: https://careacademy.com/the-future-of-work/.

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Helen Adeosun, EdM

Helen Adeosun, EdM

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CareAcademy

A few weeks ago, CareAcademy announced we would be the company that launches the careers of one million new direct care workers by 2023. Home care is not only the fastest-growing segment of work, but it is also among the most vital healthcare work. COVID-19 has grown the need and the possibilities of healthcare in the home. In this time of high unemployment for Americans, we’re excited to work with industry partners to restore livelihoods and save lives.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

CEO of Best of Care, Inc. and the President of Massachusetts Home Care Aide Council

The power of home care and home care work at this moment is unparalleled. Since the onset of COVID-19, Best of Care has seen an increase in the demand for home care. Best of Care has a forty-year history of being an employer of choice and we have always found opportunities to skill new Home Health Aides. A partnership with CareAcademy allows us to expand our reach and attract a new generation of Home Health Aides into a career in direct work.

About CareAcademy

CareAcademy creates online training that empowers senior care professionals to deliver the highest caliber of service and improve the lives of older adults. Nearly 40,000 caregivers are learning and growing professionally through CareAcademy. Coupled with its advanced reporting and training management dashboard, CareAcademy is an end-to-end, scalable training solution that transforms home care businesses into efficient industry leaders. To learn more, visit https://careacademy.com.

About HCAOA

Founded in 2002, the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) is the industry’s leading trade association – currently representing nearly 3,000 companies that employ more than 500,000 caregivers across the United States. HCAOA serves as the home care industry’s unified voice. Representing a diverse number of small, mid-level and large corporations, HCAOA unites the industry through speaking with one voice in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country. HCAOA protects industry interests, promotes industry values, tackles barriers to growth and takes on industry-wide issues.

About Kairos

Kairos builds companies to make life simpler and more affordable. Kairos believes our generation deserves better than the outdated systems we’re stuck with. They’re a team of entrepreneurs, activists, and creators dedicated to building a better future. Their brands take on foundational needs, starting with housing, education and healthcare.

About Best of Care

Best of Care is a family-owned and operated home care agency headquartered in Quincy, Mass. that has delivered home care services to Massachusetts communities since 1981. Best of Care provides an extensive array of home care services to over 100 towns and cities throughout Greater Boston, the South Shore, the South Coast, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket – with offices in Quincy, Milton, New Bedford, Taunton and South Dennis. Services include personal care, homemakers, companions, hospice care, care management and specialty services as they relate to mental and behavioral health. Best of Care Inc. was named a 2014 Family Business of the Year finalist by the Family Business Association of Massachusetts. Best of Care CEO Kevin Smith serves as President of the Home Care Aide Council of Massachusetts.  Visit www.bestofcareinc.com, follow on LinkedIn, Twitter @bestofcare and Facebook www.facebook.com/bestofcare

Ashwin Choithramani

Last year, we certified thousands of caregivers and saved home care agencies millions of dollars in training costs.

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Shelly W.

Home Care Agency Owner, California