TO ACHIEVE PERSON-CENTERED RESIDENTIAL CARE,
WE MUST IMPROVE DIRECT CARE JOBS
Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy, PHI
Designation of Excellence Expert Panel Member
Recent data show that about 811,000 people in this country live in residential care settings, which serve as an alternative to nursing homes and home care for individuals who want or need a certain level of housing with support. As the U.S. population continues to age rapidly, the residential care landscape will also continue to surge.
Because workers interface with residents on a daily basis and are central to their overall well-being, a person-centered work culture is a key part of creating person-centered residential care settings. This article describes the residential care aide workforce (who represent most workers in these settings), including its key characteristics and primary challenges. It also outlines how both employers and policymakers can strengthen this workforce to enhance care for individuals living in these settings.
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