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Workforce and Safety in Long-Term Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brief Training & Advanced Roles
June 22, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted and exacerbated pre-existing problems in the long-term care sector across OECD countries. This brief examines the impact of the pandemic and makes the case for better investment in the long-term care workforce.

Key Takeaways

The pandemic has highlighted the structural problems of underinvestment, staffing, and safety in long-term care.
There is misalignment between long-term care residents' needs and the training/preparation of direct care workers.
Better jobs will result in better quality of care, reductions in turnover, and improved care delivery.

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