Navigation Links
Long-term care workers struggle with elderly population boom
Date:8/12/2008

As America's aging population increases, so does its need for long-term care. And the workers who provide these services often lack the support they need particularly in the area of pay and work relationships, according to "Better Jobs Better Care: New Research on the Long-Term Care Workforce," the latest special issue of The Gerontologist (Volume 48, Special Issue 1).

Those aged 65 and older are projected to represent at least 20 percent of the total U.S. population by 2030, with the number of those 85-and-older increasing the most. The growth of this demographic will have a major effect on the demand for and supply of long-term care services.

Better Jobs Better Care (BJBC) was the nation's largest single initiative created to reduce the high vacancy and turnover rates of direct care workers and improve workforce quality through both policy and practice changes.

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies, this four-year program was directed and managed by the Institute for the Future of Aging Services at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, with technical assistance from PHI (formerly the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute).

"The effort was to see what ideas are out there for improving direct care work to make sure people have what they need to stay in their homes and communities," said special issue editor Susan C. Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN.

Through two-types of grants state-based demonstration projects and applied research projects BJBC tested new approaches to providing a more stable and qualified long-term care staff and systematically evaluating what works best to achieve this objective. The special issue, which contains 12 articles, represents the findings of the BJBC program.

In addition to a need for better pay and improved work relationships, the studies found that recruitment and retention is an industry-wide problem, not just limited to nursing homes; greater job satisfaction translates to a better quality of life for patients; and older people themselves have roles to play in the long-term care workforce.


'/>"/>

Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Smoking may strongly increase long-term risk of eye disease
2. Long-Term Fatigue Plagues Cancer Survivors
3. Dont Ignore Tough or Long-Term Stomach Pain
4. Shaking may cause brain damage and serious long-term effects to infants
5. Sexual function affected by stem cell transplant according to long-term study
6. Smoking can harm the long-term effects of some oral surgery procedures
7. Childhood Obesity Epidemic a Long-Term Challenge
8. Conseco to Host Follow-Up Long-Term Care Conference Call
9. New Report Finds Information Technology Essential But Not Sufficient in Long-Term Care
10. No Link Between Amateur Boxing, Long-Term Brain Damage
11. No strong evidence linking amateur boxing with long-term brain injury
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... offering insurance and financial planning services from offices headquartered in Hamilton County, is ... animal rescue LuvFurMutts. , LuvFurMutts specializes in finding new homes for orphaned or ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Peter Zipp Insurance, ... and around the greater Phoenix metropolitan region, is announcing a charity event to ... of the Homeless Youth Connection is to promote community awareness of the ongoing ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Louis, MS (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... that serve commercial and residential clients in and around the Hancock County area, is ... for the Hancock County Food Pantry. , The Hancock County Food Pantry has worked ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Bill Mull ... business owners in and around central Kansas, is joining the Youth Horizons organization ... the region. , Headquartered in Wichita, Youth Horizons works to empower area children ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Students ... have the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in an emergency medical simulation, ... immersive experience to gain invaluable, real-life medical skills that are critical success in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... Texas , Dec. 8, 2016 ... program that brings leading-edge laboratory services and management ... United States , allowing more doctors and ... health care management solutions. Logo - ... Hospital systems, under pressure to contain ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Mederi Therapeutics Inc . hat die behördliche Zulassung durch die CFDA sowie ... – in China angekündigt. ... ... Live Stretta procedure performed and broadcast during the Chinese Congress ... Union Hospital ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016 Dignitana, a world leader in ... Boa® Technology, creator of the award-winning, patented Boa® system, ... with the DigniCap® scalp cooling system. DigniCap® was cleared ... 2015, and is the first medical scalp cooling device ... cooling system features a patented tight-fitting silicone cooling cap ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: