Paying for quality care: Strategies for improving wages and benefits for personal care assistants
(2006). Paying for quality care: Strategies for improving wages and benefits for personal care assistants. Washington, D.C.: AARP Public Policy Institute. Retrieved 38998 from http://www.aarp.org/resea rch/longtermcare/quality/ 2006_18_care.html
The United States is experiencing a severe shortage of qualified direct-care workers to provide personal care services (PCS), a shortage promising to increase as our country ages. Evidence from a growing number of studies reveals that wages and benefits paid to PCS workers play a fundamental role in determining the quality and quantity of these workers.
This AARP Public Policy Institute report by Dorie Seavey and Vera Salter of the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute examines state and local initiatives for improving wages and benefits of direct-care workers delivering Medicaid personal care services. The report provides an in-depth analysis of state and local practices and reviews the pros and cons of seven strategies for enhancing PCS-worker wages and benefits (abstract from: http://www.aarp.org/research/longtermcare/quality/2006_18_care.html).