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Preparing America to care: Training our nation’s homecare workers

January 16, 2013

Aging Today – American Society on Aging

Highlights the necessity of strong training standards in the field of home care. Robust training is consistently linked to high care quality, for example, while low or nonexistent training standards are associated with higher injury rates, lower job satisfaction, and higher turnover. The authors present findings from a report they wrote examining training requirements for personal care aides (PCAs) in Medicaid State Plans and HCBS waiver programs. They found that most states lack the strong training standards necessary to promote high quality care, leaving PCAs “woefully unprepared to meet the needs of consumers.”

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Contributing Authors
Seavey, Dorie, and Abby Marquand

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