Direct Care Workforce: An Integral Part of Long-Term Services and Supports. Conclusion


Direct care workers are an essential part of a robust long-term care workforce. They provide daily living services to more than 13 million people with disabilities. Direct care work is difficult, the wages are low and fringe benefits are often limited. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for CNAs and HHAs will increase by about 20% and 69%, respectively, between 2010 and 2020.9, 10 As the population ages and the demand for long-term services and supports grows, it is important for policy to address the challenge of recruiting, supporting, and training the workers needed to meet increased need for services.

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