Training for Home-Based Care Workers Can Improve Staffing

December 2020.

Personal care aides are tasked with caring for seniors with a variety of health conditions — many of which they are not properly trained in.

And without the proper training, those aides operate in highly stressful environments without the tools to care for their patients adequately. That can hurt health outcomes, increase the caregiver’s emotional burden and also make turnover far more likely in both home health care and home care.

“I think our research suggests that if you equip home care workers with the tools they need, they’re likely to feel more confident and more satisfied with their job,” Dr. Madeline Sterling, a health services researcher in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, told Home Health Care News. “So, are there ways in which we could potentially empower these workers — and retain them?”

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