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The Home Health Workforce: A Distinction Between Worker Categories

Journal Article
October 1, 2013

This article provides a categorical breakdown of the often lumped-together employment group known collectively as “home health workers.” The authors identify three different subgroups: home health aides (HHAs, including certified nursing assistants who occasionally provide home services), home care aides ((personal care attendants), and hospice aides. HHAs are less likely to report being “extremely satisfied” with their jobs, their benefits, or their wages, and are more likely be actively seeking other jobs.

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Key Takeaways

Home care workers receive low wages and limited training, and have high turnover.
There are sociodemographic, compensation, and retention differences among subgroups of home care workers.
Hospice aides are less likely to leave their job.

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