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Older Women Caring for Older Women: The Rewards and Challenges of the Home Care Aide Job

Journal Article
July 1, 2012

This report presents the results of a survey of 261 home care aides with average age 46, nearly all of whom (95%) were female. Researchers gathered information on the workers’ demographic characteristics, wages, benefits, and the extent to which they are satisfied in their jobs. The researchers conclude that if wages and benefits are increased, and employers show more respect toward their workers, home health could become an ideal field for older women seeking employment.

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Key Takeaways

Predictors of leaving the job included younger age and lack of health insurance.
Study participants reported more rewarding than challenging aspects to the job.
Low and inconsistent compensation often forced participants to leave the job.

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