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Aging in Place Will Require Investing in Home Care Workers

Fact Sheet
May 14, 2015

Briefly explains why the U.S. needs more home care workers as Americans continue aging into retirement, and why home care job quality must improve if we hope to achieve that goal.

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Key Takeaways

"We must ensure that home care workers, who provide an estimated 70 to 80 percent of paid, hands-on care,3 are supported in their critical role."
"Schedules and hours are unpredictable, and nearly half of home care workers are not offered full-time or consistent work."
"The on-the-job injury rate for home health aides is higher than that for coal miners."

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