Performance Improvement 2005. National Initiative to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of the Paraprofessional Workforce in Long-term CARE


This project examined ways to strengthen the recruitment and retention of paraprofessional long-term care workers (nursing aides, home health aides, personal care assistants, and direct support professionals). The initiative had a number of goals: to increase public recognition of the critical role played by direct care workers; to explore options to promote innovation at the state, community and provider level to improve recruitment and retention of long-term care workers; the development of a national clearinghouse database with search capacity on the long-term care workforce; and the development of a program of applied research, demonstration and evaluation to improve workforce recruitment and retention and the delivery of high quality long-term care services. Major findings include: (1) wage pass-throughs do not appear, by themselves, to have a sustained impact on recruitment and/or retention of direct care workers, and (2) pre-employment and on-the-job training for nurse aides does not always adequately prepare nursing assistants with the skills they need to succeed in their jobs.

PIC ID: 8042; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy; Federal Contact: Frank, Andreas, 202-690-6443; Performer: Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Washington, DC

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