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Opinion: Lawmakers need to boost wages for home health aides

By Cincinnati Enquirer  
   March 23, 2023

For several years, organizations like Council on Aging that provide home and community-based long-term care services to older adults have been coping with a shortage of home health aides. These critical workers provide very personal care, enabling older adults to remain safe and independent in their homes. They also help fill in gaps in care for family caregivers who are juggling multiple responsibilities, including young families and careers. Thousands of individuals across the state are waiting to be matched with a home health aide. Hereโ€™s how this is impacting people we serve. In Butler County, an 80-year-old client has been giving herself a sponge bath because there are no agencies with staff available to meet her needs.

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