Tuesday, April 22, 2014

100,000 Direct Care Workers to Receive 2% Pay Increase

The Wall Street Journal reports:
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's new budget will increase pay 2 percent for about 100,000 caretakers of the disabled and others next year, the first raise in several years for many.

Monday, April 7, 2014

STUDY: Researchers Identify Factors Associated with Longer Home Care Aide Retention

The findings of a study that explores the determinants associated with longer job retention for home care aides were published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Read more...

Monday, March 24, 2014

STUDY: Direct-Care Workers Unlikely to Have Paid Sick Leave

A new study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) examines access to paid sick days across several categories. Its conclusions are a strong indication that most direct-care workers are unlikely to have access to a paid sick leave benefit. Read more...

Who Cares for the Home Care Aids?

Olympia Dukakis, an Academy-award winning actress who has appeared in more than 60 feature and short films, wrote this opinion:

When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the late 1980s, my husband and I were not able to meet her needs by ourselves. Like so many families, we turned to committed and compassionate home-care workers, who supported not only my mother but also the whole family during the progression of my mother's disease. Read more...

Monday, March 17, 2014

ISSUE BRIEFS: US Facing Looming Care Gap

The U.S. is currently unprepared to care for its rising population of elders, a series of issue briefs by the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) shows. The series of briefs breaks down the looming "care gaps" in each state, using information from a variety of sources, including PHI.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CNA Profiled in Upcoming HBO Documentary

Katrina Gilbert, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) living in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is one of 42 million women in the U.S. living near or below the poverty level. An HBO documentary about Gilbert, entitled Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, shows in heartbreaking detail the sacrifices she has to make every day to make ends meet.


Friday, March 7, 2014

PHI Fact Sheet 5 - Home Care Aides at a Glance

Fueled in part by the demand from a growing population of elders, the home care industry is the fastest-growing sector of the American economy. The industry is creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs—a plus for an American economy stuck in neutral. However, the vast majority of these jobs are not the good jobs Americans need to sustain their families. Read more...