ERIC Number: ED338912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Caring for Caregivers: Addressing the Employment Needs of Long Term Care Workers. A Report.
Loeb, Laura E.
Research confirms anecdotal impressions of the following causes of high turnover among both home health and nursing home aides: low wages; inadequate benefits; excessive workloads; poor training, supervision, and working conditions; and job-related stress. Public policy initiatives can dramatically alleviate or exacerbate the crisis among long-term care workers. Such policies include cost control efforts of the past 5 years and recently enacted legislation to promote quality in nursing home and home health care. Most research done on long-term care workers has focused on home health aides. Future research should focus on the problems encountered by nursing home aides. A market area study of the nursing home work force and a study of states' compliance with new aide training requirements would help fill this gap. Future research should focus on similarities between these two categories of workers, with a view to streamlining planning for future needs and funding. Demonstration projects testing the success of various intervention methods in alleviating the long-term care worker shortage should be tested. Public policy should encourage successful passage of state-level legislation to improve conditions for long-term care workers. (Appendixes, amounting to over one-half of the report, include recommendations to Congress on access to health care and long-term care, a transcript of a bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act pertaining to the pay of nursing personnel, 7 newpaper and journal articles, and a 15-item bibliography.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Allied Health Occupations Education, Employment Patterns, Employment Problems, Home Health Aides, Labor Conditions, Labor Problems, Labor Turnover, Long Term Care, Needs Assessment, Nurses Aides, Nursing Homes, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Quality of Working Life, State Legislation, Work Environment
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Retirement Research Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Older Women's League, Washington, DC.