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The Family Caregiver Turns Pro

Everyone who thinks about the so-called work force problem for the elderly can see big trouble coming. Who’s going to provide care for the growing number of old people who, even with enormous efforts from family members, will most likely need more help? Or who don’t have families? And who prefer, overwhelmingly, to stay in their homes?

For now, the workers who take on home care represent a polyglot group. They work independently or through agencies; they are largely underpaid and lack benefits; they do a tough job and have high injury rates; they run the gamut from inadequately trained to professionally skilled. Already, we don’t have enough of them...

These low-wage aides,…

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