The situation of care workers in Germany is ambivalent. With the increasing number of people in need of care due to demographic change, the number of care facilities and jobs in the care sector are also increasing. Care companies have to come up with several ideas to recruit enough well-qualified staff and to be able to keep them in the long term.
Unfortunately, the framework conditions for this are not particularly good. According to current projections by the German Federal Statistical Office, there will probably be a shortage of around 112,000 full-time care workers in 2025 who will be needed to meet the demand for professionals in the German health and social care system. The growing shortage of skilled workers in the care sector is already a serious problem for many care facilities. The consequences of understaffing in the German health and social care system are usually far-reaching for the homes concerned. On the one hand, the cost of recruiting has been increasing and on the other hand, staff shortages have been intensifying the dissatisfaction among the remaining care staff. This also increases the willingness to change jobs, because the care staff in the facilities concerned often have to compensate for understaffing over a long period of time. Added to this are the effects of shift work, which represent an immense challenge for the care staff in terms of their health and their family.
Little has changed in this situation even under the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although care workers are celebrated as heroes, it has been difficult to improve these conditions.