With help from afar: The role of immigrant home health aides in meeting the growing demand for long-term services and supports

Source: Natasha Bryant, Janet P. Sutton, and Robyn Stone, LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, Issue Brief, January 2015

The demand for long-term services and supports among older people and people with disabilities is growing faster than the pool of workers who provide that care. Researchers predict that an expanded immigrant direct care workforce presents one solution to meeting future workforce needs. This brief relies on the 2007 National Home Health Aide Survey (NHHAS) to describe:
• The characteristics of immigrant home health aides who are currently employed by Medicare- and Medicaid-certified or state-licensed home health and hospice agencies.
• The potential role that immigrant direct care workers could play in filling vacancies in home health and other direct care jobs.
• How current and proposed U.S. immigration policy affects immigrant workers and American families.
• The policy and practice implications of an expanded immigrant direct care workforce.