With the need for elder care rapidly expanding in the United States, there is a seemingly constant shortage of male caregivers. According to a recent article published in the Newark Advocate, there are an estimated 10 female caregivers for every 1 male caregiver. In some ways, this makes sense, as females typically make up a larger base of the in-home elder care client market, and still even some men request female caregivers. However, there is always a need for male caregivers to help fill the need of elderly and disabled men seeking the assistance of a caregiver of the same gender.
While some may point out that females are naturally better suited for caregiving, often having a heightened sense of compassion and experience in domestic activities, if gender stereotypes are set aside, men can make wonderful, kind and reliable caregivers.
ClearCare Home Care Software Can Help Hire & Track Male Caregiving Staff
Managing the caregiver pool at an agency of any size can be a daunting task, and when trying to fill specific needs – such as a male caregiver request, viewing available caregivers and sorting through applicants can take time and potentially contribute to the loss of new business if you’re unable to quickly respond to prospect requests.
However, with the help of a robust home care software or home care system like ClearCare, there are wealth of features that can help you recruit, manage and place male caregivers within your agency.
Caregiver Matching: With a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, agency administrators are able to quickly sort available caregivers based on a number of criteria – including gender – to see if any male caregivers are available for work in a matter of minutes. This allows intake coordinators to let new clients know in an instant if a male caregiver is available.
Applicant Management: When an agency finds that they’d like to increase their pool of available male caregivers, applicant management via ClearCare’s home care software and home care system can be an invaluable tool. With a standardized online form, applications are automatically imported to the home care system, making it possible to see all male applicants at a quick glance rather than sorting through stacks of paper files.
Client Preference Tracking: Knowing the preferences of prospects and clients is of absolute importance when making a client-caregiver match. With a home care software or home care system like ClearCare, you’ll be able to track client preferences with ease – and translate those preferences into search criteria when pairing employees and clients.
The demand for in-home care for seniors is projected only to increase. And with that increase, it’s likely that the demand for male caregivers will also rise. With a state-of-the-art home care software and home care system, such as ClearCare, agencies can rest assured that they have the tools they need to hire, train and retain the best male caregivers that our industry has to offer.
Here's to the guys out there - and the seniors they assist!