Strengthening the Direct Care Workforce: Scaling Up and Sustaining Strategies That Work
12:00–1:30pm EDT; 11:00–12:30pm CDT; 10:00am–11:30am MDT; 9:00–10:30am PDT; 8:00–9:30am AKDT; 7:00–8:30am HAST
This webinar is hosted by Mathematica
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed long-standing fault lines in the direct care workforce—the people who provide hands-on care and supervision to frail older adults and people with disabilities. Although most of the headlines focused on direct care workers in nursing homes, those who provide care in homes and community residential settings faced extraordinary challenges as well. COVID-19 compounded the problems for direct care workers: too few workers to meet the need, inadequate training, low wages and benefits, and high turnover. Solutions to these problems exist, many of them supported by solid evidence. But the solutions have not been scaled up or sustained with dedicated funding and resources.