The demand for home health assistants is projected to grow by 46.7 percent between 2016 and 2026 while the demand for personal care aides is expected to rise by 37.4 percent, Mass. Home Care said, citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the state’s workforce — currently there are about 45,000 home care agency workers in the state — will not be able to meet that demand unless changes are made now, the advocates said.Sen. Patricia Jehlen and Reps. Carmine Gentile and Aaron Vega pitched their legislation (S 358/H 630) that would direct the state to implement a wage- and rate-setting process for home care workers who serve the elderly and people with disabilities. The bill would ensure that trained home care workers are paid at least $17.25 per hour by July 1, 2023 and then at a rate that is at least 15 percent higher than the state minimum wage.
Personal care attendants are paid an average of $15.40 per hour
Home health aides are paid an average of $14.82 per hour
Homemakers and home health aides payment rates have not been increased since fiscal year 2015.
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