Get to Know CNA’s: Facts About Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides 

Nursing Assistants Fulfill Many Roles in Home Care

Get to Know CNA’s: Facts About Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides  

Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides provide the majority of direct care in both home care and long-term care facilities. The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants reports that as much as 90% of the direct care provided to residents in long term care facilities is provided by nursing assistants and aides.  

Looking at the facts and figures, there is a lot that is great about nursing aides and nursing assistants. At the top of the list is a dedicated field of professionals who are in it for the long term.  

Highlighted here are a number of those facts and figures. These are provided to not only highlight the depth and service of these professionals, but also to help current and prospective home care recipients and their families to get comfortable with being cared for by these dedicated caregivers. Understanding more about care providers and their dedication to service will show that these people really are and want to be here for you and your loved ones.  

The Facts About Career Health Aides and Nursing Assistants 

  1. The main work of nursing assistants is to help clients with performing activities of daily living and basic care. 
  1. Many assistants are certified, meaning that they have passed a state-approved training course and passed a competency exam. 
  1. Between 2020 and 2030 the rate of employment for nursing assistants is projected to grow by 8%, which is the fastest growth rate of any career field. This is owed in part to an aging population and a desire to age in place at home. 
  1. Almost 200,000 job openings are expected for nursing assistants every year over this decade. 
  1. The total growth and demand figures between 2014 and 2025 is expected to reach 34%. 
  1. Desire and demand for in-home care grew by 125% in 2020 and 2021. 
  1. In 2019, 4.6 million direct care workers reported to work every day. That figure was only 3 million just ten years earlier! 
  1. That number is expected to reach almost 6 million in the next decade (5.8 million by 2028). 
  1. Caregivers have been referred to as “stayers” because they stay in their jobs. Their work is important to them, and they are committed to their clients! 
  1. Almost 30% of nursing assistants stay in the field for at least five years. 
  1. Close to 13% stay for a minimum of 10 years, and up to 55 years in the field! 
  1. Career caregivers site such things as valuing positive relationships with clients, peer relationships, job security, and positive experiences with the elderly early in life as reasons they pursue and stay in their careers. 

An Aide by Any Other Name 

“Career Nursing Assistants provide predictability and stability to care. This in turn enhances the feeling of security for our aging, frail, or physically challenged citizens.” – National Network of Career Nursing Assistants 

This, in a nutshell, succinctly describes the service and role of nursing assistants, aides, and caregivers. You may know (or come to know) these unsung heroes by many names. These might include nursing assistant, certified nursing assistant (CNA), home health aide (HHA), personal care attendant (PCA), or other terms. By any name, though, these are the people who make healing and aging at home possible for millions.  

They are role models, vessels of wisdom, patience, caring, and humor. They are the front line, walls, and foundation of home care. They are the people who open the doors to the best and most desired options for people with catastrophic injuries, chronic conditions, mental decline, and those facing the challenges of aging. They are the people who make it possible for you and yours to come back home. And stay there. 


Private Home Care Services is PROUD of our caregivers. We know that they are the backbone of our business! Let us bring our committed, quality care staff to you!

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