If Immigrants Are Pushed Out, Who Will Care for the Elderly?

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If Immigrants Are Pushed Out, Who Will Care for the Elderly?
“It’s affecting the entire industry, and it’s affecting older and disabled people and their families.”
The shortage stems partly from a growing economy, said Robyn Stone, a veteran researcher
at Leading Age, whose nonprofit members include long-term care providers.
“I’m not sure if they’re convincing me or themselves.”
One in four of the direct-care workers in the nation’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities
and home care agencies are foreign-born, according to an analysis of census data by P.
If large numbers of immigrants become unable to work or fearful of attracting unwanted
attention, “this is going to create tremendous strain,” Dr. Stone said.
In Brooklyn, Mary DiGangi, the human resources director at the Menorah Center for Rehabilitation
and Nursing Care, recently asked local employment agencies to find 20 to 25 new nursing assistants and practical nurses.

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