Direct care workers represent the paid frontline of support for millions of older people and people with disabilities.
Yet despite their profound value, these workers struggle in poor-quality jobs, which drives many of them away from these roles. A large-scale intervention is needed to ensure individuals receive the care they need.
Caring for the Future: The Power and Potential of America’s Direct Care Workforce offers a comprehensive, current-day analysis of the direct care workforce and its critical role in the long-term care system. This report will be released in five parts, detailed below. To complement the report, we’ve launched an online dialogue about the current state of direct care workers—join the conversation on Twitter at #CaringForTheFuture.
This report was made possible through generous support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Woodcock Foundation, and The John A. Hartford Foundation.