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Advanced direct care worker: A role to improve quality and efficiency of care for older adults and strengthen career ladders for home care workers

September 3, 2014

Eldercare Workforce Alliance

Argues that the creation of an Advanced Direct-Care Worker role for home care workers could help improve care quality while also leading to cost savings. The brief draws its conclusion from a series of roundtable discussions, held from 2010 to 2013, in which representatives from the direct-care, nursing, social work, and physician workforces explored the idea of advanced roles for direct-care workers. The brief concludes that demonstration projects should be conducted to test the viability of the Advanced Direct-Care Worker concept.

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