Wisconsin’s Home Care Workers Share Their Stories
To address Wisconsin’s growing home care crisis, PHI launched a social media campaign featuring workers from across the state.
As with many parts of the country, Wisconsin faces a critical workforce shortage in home care, which threatens to worsen in the future. Without enough workers, home care providers can’t meet demand–and families and their loved one are left without essential support.
This November, as part of a multi-year initiative to transform the home care job in Wisconsin, PHI launched a month-long social media campaign to raise awareness about the problems and solutions facing home care workers throughout the state, particularly in rural regions.
PHI’s partner organizations on this initiative–Community Living Alliance (Madison, WI) and Lori Knapp Companies (Prairie du Chien, WI)–compiled an assortment of worker stories that illustrate the skills, dedication, and compassion of home care workers in their state.
Together, PHI and its provider partners are aiming to “elevate the role of the aide” in Wisconsin’s home care system—training and supporting them to have more expansive roles in this sector. With better compensation, training, and opportunities for advancement, these workers will have better jobs that, in turn, will help alleviate the workforce shortage.
Here’s what Wisconsin’s workers had to say.