Caregiver walking with woman using a walker

Increasingly, home care choices are seen as safe, effective options for seniors, due in large part to COVID-19. That’s the view of William Dombi, president of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice, who reportedly said that the demand for home care workers has risen 125% since COVID-19 took hold last year. Dombi stated the demand for home care intensified in March, when COVID-19 took hold, and has ramped up ever since.

“[Home care] is a viable and probably more protective environment for care for individuals that are trying to avoid the virus,” Dombi told Fox News. He added that home care workers remain at risk, demonstrating a great need for vaccine for these frontline workers.

“By our estimations, there are tens of thousands of actively infected COVID patients under the care of home care providers today. We have had home care workers die from COVID-19,” Dombi said.

This article originally appeared on McKnight's Senior Living