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Determinants of Longer Job Tenure Among Home Care Aides: What Makes Some Stay on the Job While Others Leave?

Journal Article
September 1, 2013

This mixed-method study explored determinants of longer job tenure for home care workers (n = 261). As people are increasingly choosing community-based care, retention of home care workers is particularly important. Study participants were followed for 18 months, each completing two mail surveys and one telephone interview. The article presents the study findings and policy implications.

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Key Takeaways

Higher wages and a greater sense of autonomy at work were two predictors of job retention.
Those who left their jobs within a year were more likely to be concerned about low wages and inconsistent hours.
Evidence on the key drivers of job retention should inform policy and practice decisions.
 
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