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Certified nursing assistants, home health aides, and caregivers are the few types of jobs which are currently in demand. Not only are they in demand their future prospect looks glowing. With the baby boomers retiring, we need individuals to take care of the growing population of the elderly. There is currently a shortage of CNA’s, HHA, and other caregivers in the United States and this shortage looks dismal. The United States Department of Labor predicts a 20% increase in caregiver and CNA jobs between 2014 and 2020, which is faster than the average for any other occupation. Some statistics to note are the following:
- 90% of CNA’s are female and 10% are male.
- 11% of CNA’s have less than one year experience.
- 45% of CNA’s have one to four years of experience.
- 20% of CNA’s have five to nine year experience.
CNA and caregivers are similar professions but the pay differs according to the specific task at hand. CNA’s and HHA’s are required to complete state-approved certification and be licensed in the state of Virginia. This license gives a CNA more authority and responsibility as compared to a caregiver. This license also enables CNA’s to receive a higher salary. For more information please contact us at (703) 722 – 8900 or stop by at our nursing school at 8811 Sudley Road, Suite 101 Manassas, Virginia 20110
It’s not easy for people with disabilities to access health care services. Some of the barriers presented to these individuals include: prohibitive costs, limited availability of services, physical barriers, and inadequate skills and knowledge of health workers. Disabled individuals in low income areas cannot afford the transportation costs and cannot afford the health services deemed necessary. 51-53% of people with disabilities are unable to afford health care as compared to 32-33% of non-disabled individuals in low income areas. Sometimes, the disabled can afford the needed health care services but the appropriate services may not be available for individuals with disabilities. Disabled individuals may be presented with a situation where the hospital, clinic, or physician’s office is not handicap friendly. The doors may be too narrow for a wheel chair to fit. There may be inadequate bathroom facilities, internal steps, inaccessible parking areas, etc., which may create barriers for disabled individuals. Immobile women cannot attend certain breast cancer screening events because the mammography equipment is designed for standing women. There are many circumstances where the health care provider is not knowledgeable on how to treat disabled individuals. Disabled individuals are four times more likely to report being treated badly. Sometimes, they are even denied care from