The Home Health Workforce: A Distinction Between Worker Categories

Source: Robyn Stone, Janet P. Sutton, Natasha Bryant, Annelise Adams, Marie Squillace, Home Health Care Services Quarterly, Volume 32, Issue 4, 2013
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From the abstract:
The demand for home health aides is expected to rise, despite concerns about the sustainability of this workforce. Home health workers receive low wages and little training and have high turnover. It is difficult to recruit and retain workers to improve clinical outcomes. This study presents national estimates to examine how home health workers and the subgroup of workers differ in terms of sociodemographic characteristics, compensation, benefits, satisfaction, and retention. Hospice aides fare better than other categories of workers and are less likely to leave their job. Policymakers should consider strategies to increase the quality and stability of this workforce.