Older workers are a population that could prove helpful in addressing the impending shortage in the direct care workforce.
This article details the findings of a study of employers and prospective employees in the long-term care industry and their attitudes toward using older adults in direct care jobs. Study participants included 615 nursing home employers, 410 home health agency employers, and 1,019 respondents from Operation ABLE, an organization geared toward older workers, of which 696 were aged 55 years and older. Data was collected from focus groups and surveys.
Policy-makers can play a role in promoting older workers as viable options in long-term care jobs by taking actions such as delegating Title V funds for training older workers for the direct care workforce.