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As Economy Improves, Direct-Care Workers Will Seek Other Work, Expert Says

May 24, 2012

Sue Misiorski

In her monthly Long-Term Living blog, PHI Director of Coaching and Consulting Services Susan Misiorski writes that PHI’s recent analysis (pdf) of the direct-care workforce found that these occupations combined — nursing assistants, home health aides, and personal care aides — are projected to become the largest workforce in the nation by 2020 at 5 million workers.

Misiorksi forecasts that as the economy improves, direct-care workers will seek better jobs unless “intentional efforts” are made to improve the quality of these jobs.

She suggests that a decrease in job turnover due to the Great Recession “may have made some employers complacent regarding the need to improve the quality of jobs.”

— by Deane Beebe

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