Direct-Care Workforce is Key to Improving Care for Elders

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Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform has released a recent report.

A recent report from the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at The Brookings Institution found several ways to improve care for elders.  On Direct care workers:
“An investment in the direct-care workforce represents a key opportunity for improving integration between medical services and social supports,” the authors write. While “nearly half of the nation’s spending on long-term care services and supports” pays for these workers, this workforce is “insufficiently trained, underpaid, and underutilized.”

The report highlights the critical need for training models that better prepare the direct-care workforce — particularly training that promotes integrated care and improves chronic care and geriatric capacity. The authors explain that “new training opportunities could lead to expanded care responsibilities and reduce overall health care costs by allowing doctors to focus on targeted medical services.

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