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New Coalition, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, to Address the Critical Shortage of Healthcare Workers Capable of Meeting the Unique Care Needs of Older Adults
Date:2/5/2009

Further limiting older Americans' access to quality of care, both direct-care workers and the family caregivers who provide countless hours of care are inadequately trained and prepared, according to the IOM report.

In immediate response to the eldercare workforce crisis, the Alliance is proposing to:

  • Strengthen the direct-care workforce through better training, supervision and improved compensation;
  • Address clinician and faculty shortages, through incentives such as loan forgiveness, increased public funding for training, and better compensation;
  • Ensure a competent workforce by encouraging agencies and organizations that certify and regulate the eldercare workforce to require demonstrated and continued competence; and
  • Redesign health care delivery by adopting cost-effective care coordination models.

"EWA's goal is to develop practical solutions that will build a caring and competent workforce providing high-quality, culturally sensitive, person-directed, and family-focused care for America's elders," said Ms. Hedt, who has more than 25 years of experience designing, advocating for, and implementing innovative eldercare programs. Most recently she was the Executive Director of NCCNHR: The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

The Alliance will be partnering with older adults and their family members as well as national organizations to work with the Obama Administration and Congress to effect changes that improve health care and care for America's elders. The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation provided funds for the development of the Alliance, and Atlantic has committed one million dollars for Alliance activities.

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