Caring for Caregivers: Latinos in the Direct-Care Workforce

Source: National Council of La Raza, Monthly Latino Employment Report, February 3, 2012

Due to the aging baby boomer population, America’s older population is projected to experience significant growth over the next several decades. Already, families responsible for finding appropriate long-term care for elderly relatives find their options severely limited; as a result, many turn to home health or personal care aides to provide care. While direct-care industry revenues have climbed, benefits are not shared by workers who provide care, many of whom work long hours at low wages. This Monthly Latino Employment Report offers an overview of Latinos in the direct-care industry and highlights new U.S. Department of Labor regulations that could help improve employment conditions for these workers.

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