Direct-care workers (home health aides, nurse aides, and personal care aides) represent one of the largest and fastest-growing occupations in the United States. These workers provide an estimated 70 to 80 percent of the paid, hands-on services and supports received by elders and persons with disabilities.
While in high demand, this mostly female workforce earns poor wages and lacks benefits. As many as 50 percent rely on public assistance and nearly a third do not have health coverage.
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