If you’re on a Therapist job website, and you search for “Home Health jobs”, prepare to be flooded with job opportunities.
“Full caseload available!”
“We’ll take a warm body as long as you have a license!”
Ok, you won’t find that last one on a job posting, but realistically, that is how many Home Health employers recruit and hire.
The need for Home Health Therapists has never been higher, but personally, I don’t believe this is due to lack of qualified Therapists. I believe this is because many of the qualified Therapists simply don’t want to work in the Home Health industry.
The “brand” of Home Health, specifically how poor it is, is a huge societal problem that needs to be solved. Back when I was in school, and certainly still today, Therapy schools didn’t encourage students to get in to the Home Health field upon graduation.
“It’s too isolated”
“No learning opportunities”
Due to this, very few students (including myself) come out of Therapy school with the desire to work in the Home Health industry once they graduate.
To scale that back, you’ve got one of the fastest-growing industries over the next 10 years that doesn’t have access to a majority of the Therapy work-force. The oldest baby boomer is 72 today. And the Baby Boom Era spanned about 20 years. So if you think about the Baby Boom population entering the Medicare system on a bell curve… we’re just getting started. The peak hasn’t even come yet. This is an industry that’s going to have millions of patients cycling through it over our lifetime, and most Therapists don’t want to be a part of it.
To scale it back even further, if our healthcare system can’t adequately care for the Elderly patient, we’re going to have a really hard time as a society. If you think about all of these baby-boomers entering the Medicare system, it’s going to be a huge burden on society if they’re not cared for correctly. If they are falling, if they’re going back to the hospital, if they’re not improving. We need PTs who work at the top of their license working in the Home Health industry.
There’s no reason why a patient should receive lesser care in the Home versus a Clinic or a Hospital, but in reality that what’s happening. And that’s what we’re trying to change. That’s a problem, but that’s also an opportunity. I believe that right there, is the reason why FTS has had so much success over the years.
Folks always ask me, how we went from 0 to 350 Therapists in 6 years-time. I believe it’s because we try to create an environment that’s attractive for the large majority of the Therapists that don’t want to do Home Health. Realistically, most of our staff comprises of people that fall in that group. Ones who never thought they would ever do Home Health. And that is specifically the type of Therapist that we recruit.
The vision of FTS is to have an IMPROVEMENT in care when patient’s return to home, as opposed to a falloff of care. This can be done by getting more quality Therapists interested in working in the Home Health industry. The need has never been larger, and the opportunity has never been greater. If you are a Therapist that really wants to make an impact with your career, there’s no better place than working in an INDUSTRY that has been underserved for years. BE THE CHANGE!
Nate Foreman | President
Foreman Therapy Services, LLC