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Ensuring the Safety of the Home Health Aide Workforce and the Continuation of the Essential Patient Care Through Sustainable Pandemic Preparedness

Brief Expanding Access & Cultural Competence
January 1, 2022

This issue brief highlights how home healthcare workers experienced the COVID-19 pandemic, based on findings from a mixed methods study. To view the original source, click here.

Key Takeaways

The lack of pandemic planning meant that home healthcare aides were put at risk and made the typical challenges in their work even more difficult.
Future pandemics will need to prioritize home health aides in their planning and take their needs into consideration.
Six recommendations for future public health emergency planning for home healthcare workers: 1. Improve access to PPE; 2. Promote patient and worker safety; 3.Better acccess to vaccines, testing, and adhering to safety guidelines; 4. Improving financial instability and barriers to work; 5. Better communication and support; 6. Training, recruitment, and retention of the workforce.

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