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The Year of the Great Idea

By Robert Espinoza (he/him) | December 10, 2018

What are the characteristics of a great idea? Does it solve a widespread problem that seemed intractable? Does it help decision makers see the larger picture and connect all the dots? Does it inspire a community or a sector to act decisively—drawing people out of the well of defeatism?

In 2018, we saw many great ideas take hold for direct care workers—a workforce that has long served as the paid frontline of long-term care and as a lifeline for millions of people. Unfortunately, the poor quality of direct care jobs continues to drive away workers, threatening the availability of supports for older people and people with disabilities.

Here are some of the great ideas that emerged in 2018:

But we need more great ideas. Direct care workers deserve jobs that properly reflect the central role they play in our country’s care system. Older people, people with disabilities, and their families need quality supports. And long-term care merits a larger investment to improve equity and access.

We’re a long way from achieving this reality—but the next great idea will move us one step closer.

Scroll through the 60 ideas we generated to help solve the workforce shortage in home care. >>

Read our 2018 “Year in Review” on the direct care workforce. >>

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About The Author

Robert Espinoza (he/him)

Former Executive Vice President of Policy
Robert Espinoza oversees PHI's national advocacy and public education division on the direct care workforce, and contributes vision and leadership to the organization's strategies.

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