MediCaring: HELP WANTED: Better-paid, better-trained, caring workers to provide long term supports and services!

By the Wonderful Sarah Slocum: For More Info, Go Here…

Across the U.S., we see more and more reports about a shortage of well-trained staff who are committed to providing in-home and other long term supports and services. The pinch of the shortage is apparent in many communities where it’s difficult to execute in-home service plans, and residential providers struggle to stay adequately staffed. We all see this problem, but what are we doing about it?

An upcoming Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Long Term Care Study, including Workforce, is described in legislation http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2017-2018/billconcurred/Senate/pdf/2018-SCB-0848.pdf Altarum and PHI, will lead the workforce component of the study that will formally quantify the current workforce and its future and make recommendations for how to meet the growing need for recruiting new caregivers. Some have asked, “Why study this again? We already know it’s a problem.” By now, everyone agrees – it has become urgent to develop consensus around an action plan and move rapidly to implement solutions. That is the mission of our study – to analyze what causes shortages; to agree on what can make entry-level caregiving jobs economically competitive and to create a plan that outlines continuing education, training, promotion, and mentoring practices that can transform currently dead-end jobs into rewarding and sought-after careers.

 

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