Assisted living is growing in popularity all around the United States, but it is especially robust in California. With such a large elderly population and an ever-growing need for senior care, California has seen a huge amount of demand for this senior service. Thankfully, this is a field that is growing steadily, creating more opportunities for seniors to find an appropriate home and creating jobs in the process. This is a win-win scenario for all parties involved.
The numbers coming out of California speak for themselves. For one, 91 percent of seniors are satisfied with their assisted living experience, according to one estimate. This is a good thing as the more that people are satisfied with their situation, the better the level of care that is being provided. For starters, this means that California is providing exceptional care and is currently meeting this huge demand in an adequate fashion.
California currently has roughly 7,700 register assisted living facilities with over 164,000 residents. Additionally, these homes provide about 68,000 jobs. These numbers are ever-increasing, making this information quickly outdated. The fact remains, however, that California's assisted living environment is a crucial part of the social and economic health within the state. Without these jobs, California's healthcare sector would likely be falling behind the rest of the nation in job ratios. Fortunately, there is always going to be a need for this type of service and as a result, there will always be jobs provided.
But this is something that needs to be continuously monitored. California is not the only state where assisted living is helping out the economy. With the Baby Boomer generation reaching their elderly years, there might actually be a shortage coming up for assisted living and this field definitely needs to evolve in order to reach the growing demand.
Some estimates say that there will be as many as 91,000 missing healthcare professional positions coming up within the geriatrics field. Many of these positions will likely be in California and the state needs to look at what it can do to make sure that all seniors who need care are receiving it. This is not a problem that needs to occur, especially in an economy like ours that needs as many jobs as it can get. With the growing need for assisted living facilities within California and the rest of the U.S., there is going to be many jobs created in the future. By monitoring this situation, the state has been given an opportunity to do a lot of good for its residents. By taking advantage of this situation, California can truly create a lot of healthcare jobs and help out its elderly population at the same time.