The jobs of the future will be in our homes.
There was a time in American history when elderly parents could count on one of their children, often a daughter, to look after them when the illnesses and frailty of old age made it impossible to live alone at home. Those days are over, but nothing has taken their place. At a time that more Americans than ever are entering retirement, we are still struggling to answer the question, “Who will take care of grandma?”
Ai-Jen Poo has been working on answers to that question through her work with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She argues that home-based care, the kind of caretaking that helps older Americans stay healthy in their homes, could generate huge savings for the health care system by preventing illness, injuries and unnecessary hospitalizations as the elder population booms. It’s time, she argues, to recognize that home care jobs will be the jobs of the future start making them better for the workers, patients and families who will rely on them.