This study provides a snapshot of workforce competencies that have been identified for professionals who work in long-term care settings. This is provided through examination of basic roles and responsibilities of professionals and options presently available for specialization, through an analysis of the long-term care workforce literature, and through identification of initiatives launched by professional associations and providers. Additionally, the paper examines whether there might be differences in the competencies required to care for the geriatric population in long-term care settings compared to acute and ambulatory care settings.
Efforts are underway by various stakeholders to identify competencies and necessary skill-sets for professionals who work with older persons in long-term care settings; however more work is needed. Currently, licensure requirements for most health care professionals are variable and therefore do not include mandatory competencies. Professional competencies that pertain to older populations in long-term care settings are difficult to define. The alternatives for additional or supplemental training come in the form of modifying curricula, and/or adding continuing education; both are viable avenues but would require consensus within individual fields to determine the most optimal path.
Report Title: Examining Competencies for the Long-Term Care Workforce: A Status Report and Next Steps http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2009/examcomp.htm
Agency Sponsor: OASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Federal Contact: Emily Rosenoff, 202-690-6443
Performer: Institute for the Future of Aging Services, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Record ID: 9338 (Report issued May 21, 2010)