The caregiving industry in the United States is failing. It’s failing both the caregivers and the cared for.
While there are reputable in-home care agencies and many amazing individual caregivers out there, the industry is not set up in such a way that qualified providers are easy to find. It’s also not set up for caregivers to find a satisfying or sustainable career path. In fact, after decades of navigating the system, it seems to us at the CIP that it’s intentionally broken because the priorities are often on profits, not people.
The result of the broken system is clear: there is a national shortage of qualified caregivers.
There are more than 32 million paid caregivers in the United States, alongside more than 45 million unpaid caregivers. In Michigan alone, our share of that pie equates to about 640,000 paid caregivers and 1.3 million unpaid caregivers. This number might sound like a lot, but it’s far fewer than our current needs.
Michigan is now short more than 34,000 caregivers. As more of us age, this shortage may reach crisis levels—affecting you and your loved ones.