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Understanding Direct Care Workers: A Snapshot of Two of America’s Most Important Jobs

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January 1, 2011

This chart book highlights findings from two national surveys: the 2004 National Nursing Assistant Survey and the 2007 National Home Health Aide Survey. Both surveys represent a major advance in the data available about two of America’s most important jobs − certified nursing assistants working in nursing homes and home health aides working in home and hospice care settings.

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Key Takeaways

Most direct care workers have limited education and income, and high level of public assistance program use.
Immigrants represent a large labor pool with the potential to help alleviate labor shortages in long-term care.
High proportions of long-term care workers must balance employment with substantial family care giving obligations.
 
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