The care economy is all around us and it’s growing. As people live longer and more parents stay in the workforce, there is more need for affordable, quality care that must be met. Caregiving is one of the fastest growing professions in Oregon.
But the care economy isn’t working for us. The cost to consumers is too high and the pay caregivers receive is too low. The reason is that the care economy is underinvested and ignored.
In this paper we make the case for a comprehensive public policy approach to addressing Oregon’s care gap by enabling family members to care for loved ones without economic penalty and ensuring paid caregivers are able to provide high quality care without compromising their own well-being, while all people receive care who need it.