Expanding and improving training programs and incentives for direct care workers in a rural state

The Foundation's initiative, Better Jobs, Better Care: Building a Strong Long-Term Care Workforce, was designed to create changes in policy and practice that will lead to the recruitment and retention of high-quality direct care workers in both nursing homes and home- and community-based settings. The initiative includes two components: an applied research and evaluation program and a demonstration program.The purpose of this project is to expand and improve training programs for direct care workers, use mechanisms to broaden their reach in a highly rural state, and create stronger links between training and organizational culture change. Community of Vermont Elders will also work with state officials to expand the Quality Awards criteria for long-term care providers to include retention rates and other measures of workforce quality, as well as to advocate for higher wages and benefits for direct care workers.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $699,908.00

Awarded on: 7/3/2003

Time frame: 7/1/2003 - 3/31/2007

Grant Number: 48915


Community of Vermont Elders

79 River Street
P.O. Box 1276
Montpelier, 05602-1276


Dolly Fleming
Project Director