State Workgroups Confront the Direct Care Workforce Crisis


Nationwide, there will be nearly 7.8 million direct care worker job openings between 2016 and 2026. Unfortunately, the long-term care system will struggle to fill these jobs, a challenge created by major factors such as demographic changes (that are increasing demand) and poor job quality (that is driving many workers away from this field). Without enough direct care workers, many consumers will not have access to the care they need, worsening their health and quality of life. And family caregivers will not be able to access the supports their loved ones require, limiting their ability to remain employed.

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