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The Future of the Home Care Workforce: Training and Supporting Aides as Members of Home‐Based Care Team

Journal Article
May 1, 2019

This journal article describes the benefits and barriers to including home care workers in care teams. It argues that home care workers could be valuable in care teams because they spend so much time with consumers and could observe subtle changes in condition. However, the article also notes that several factors have led to systemic under-utilization of home care workers, including a lack of understanding of their complex roles and minimal training requirements.

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Key Takeaways

Home care workers could make valuable contributions to care teams.
Lack of status and poor training are barriers to include home care workers in care teams.
Training should be standardized, nurse delegation should be maximized, and more pilot projects and evaluations are needed.

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