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The Direct Care Worker Story Project

Our growing collection of direct care worker stories captures the profound experiences of this workforce—and workers’ essential relationships to their clients and residents.
What are direct care workers dealing with every day on the job? What are their needs and aspirations? If given the opportunity, what would they change about our sector?

Through interviews and original photography, we are working with direct care workers nationwide to document their stories and share their ideas for transforming jobs in long-term care.

The Direct Care Worker Story Project aims to enhance the visibility of this workforce, amplify its voices, and draw on workers’ unique wisdom to inform policy and practice.

The Project seeks to address the lack of representation of direct care workers in public narratives and ensure images used to depict long-term care work are grounded in workers’ and clients’ real experiences.

If you’re interested in sharing your story as a direct care worker, please email us at

In Their Own Words

Read through the first set of direct care worker stories from around the country.