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Causes of Caregiver Turnover and the Potential Effectiveness of Wage Subsidies for Solving the Long-Term Care Workforce ‘Crisis’

Journal Article
January 1, 2010

This study investigates the causes of front line worker turnover and estimates the potential impact of wage increases on turnover rates using detailed data from private providers of long-term community-based residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Key Takeaways

Turnover among direct care workers is a pressing issue for long-term care providers.
Higher compensation promotes job retention in residential settings for individuals with developmental disabilities.
A one-quarter increase in total compensation for these workers would reduce the turnover rate by a third.

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