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Strengthening the Direct Service Workforce in Rural Areas

January 1, 2011

This report states that long-term care providers in rural areas generally face more difficulty with recruiting and retaining workers than their urban counterparts. The report suggests numerous ways that the direct-care workforce in rural areas can be strengthened, including the establishment of worker-owned cooperatives, improved access to transportation, and internet-based training courses. An appendix lists additional reports, case studies, and academic resources aimed at developing rural direct care workforce’s.

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Key Takeaways

Rural areas struggle to provide supports due to isolation, transportation, recruiting/retaining, and demographics.
Increasing the available workforce is the most direct solution to the shortage of rural direct care workers.
Some rural areas incentivize residents living in underserved areas to stay and join the direct service workforce.

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