In Western Pennsylvania, the senior care industry shows consistent growth, yet there remains a shortage of available entry level workers to service the needs of senior care consumers. At the same time, the limited English proficiency population in western Pennsylvania continues to grow, with some experts predicting that the population of ESL workers will double in the next 10 years. Arriba will recruit, train and place the limited English proficiency worker into senior care employment at a living wage in area facilities.
By the year 2020, Pennsylvania will have over 360,000 residents aged 85 or older. This group represents the largest group of nursing home consumers ( Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, “Long Term Care for the Elderly in Pennsylvania,” April 2005). Most of these senior consumers will have children who are also considered to be elderly as well.
Long term care is the eighth largest industry in Pennsylvania, employing almost 200,000 people and indirectly supporting almost 300,000 jobs ( American Health Care Association, “Economic Impact on Long Term Care Facilities in Pennsylvania,” January 2011). The Senior Care industry in general, and skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in particular, rely on nursing assistants to provide the bulk of daily care needs of their residents. Home health companies also rely on nursing assistants to provide nursing care for home bound patients they serve.