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Setting the Agenda: Data Driven Advocacy to Address Home Care Aide Policy

Report
February 1, 2018

This report uses findings from surveys of Massachusetts home care agencies and home care aides to develop a policy agenda. The results revealed that recruitment and retention of home care aides are challenges. Meanwhile, workers were dissatisfied with their wages, benefits, schedules, and lack of career advancement opportunities. Data-drive policy recommendations fall into five categories: (1) increase recruitment efforts; (2) improve retention; (3) maximize hours currently worked; (4) stabilize schedules; and (5) up-skill and integrate.

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Key Takeaways

Home care agencies are struggling to recruit and retain workers.
Home care workers are dissatisfied with compensation and other aspects of job quality.
A data-driven policy agenda will help to address the needs of consumers, agencies, and workers.
 
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