The Kenosha County Long Term Care Workforce Alliance (KCLTCWA ) is the result of the Long Term Care Worker Project with the Kenosha County Division of Aging (ADRC). The Alliance was established to develop and implement community wide strategies to improve the recruitment of the long-term care (LTC) workforce.
Kenosha County, like many other areas around the country, has a problem with recruitment and retention of frontline workers in nursing homes, home health agencies and assisted living facilities. This problem directly affects the quality of care for elders and persons with disabilities.
Recognizing that this is a community and employer problem, the Kenosha County Long Term Care Workforce Alliance (KCLTCWA) works to improve the image of the direct care workforce. The Alliance promotes the well-being of direct care workers. These dedicated individuals provide about 80% of the hands-on care for frail elderly and people with disabilities. Professional caregivers are crucial to clients’ quality-of-life. Future demands in long term care require more direct care workers.
Direct care workers are also known as personal care workers (PCWs), caregivers, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), or Home Health Aides (HHAs). Responsibilities of direct care work vary depending on the setting in which a caregiver is employed.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, direct care jobs in long term care will grow 69% by 2020, much faster than other jobs. Many job opportunities are available in a variety of healthcare settings, such as clients’ homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, hospice agencies, and nursing homes.
All direct care workers within long term care must meet certain qualifications. Requirements for LTC positions include a criminal background check, physical health assessment, speaking and writing skills and physical capabilities.
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