Direct care workers (DCWs) are central figures in long-term and hands-on care to the elderly and disabled. DCWs earn some of the lowest wages in the United States with high levels of vacancy and turnover. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Atlantic Philanthropies funded the Better Jobs Better Care (BJBC) demonstration to address DCW turnover and vacancy, DCW job quality, and quality of long-term care.
This article describes the development of BJBC. It also addresses the impact BJBC had on the direct care workforce as well as policy and research communities.
During the BJBC grant period strides were made toward improving the job environment for DCWs and the quality of care DCWs provide for the elderly.