Database Expansion Offers Close Look into Home Care Workforce, Wages

Industry members can now access data on home care workers on the state level through the launch of a new resource offered by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, as well as training standards that apply state by state. 

The new PHI State Data Center is a web-based database that provides state-by-state profiles of direct-care workers including nursing home aides, home health aides and personal care aides. Users can find wage employment and demographic data among these employment types. 

The expansion of the site also includes descriptions of training standards for the different job roles across states including required training hours as well as federal training standards. 

“With states taking note of the rapidly increasing demand for direct-care workers to provide long-term services and supports, we’ve found that policymakers, advocates, and service providers are all seeking reliable, user-friendly state-level information on the direct-care workforce,” said PHI Associate Director of Policy Research Abby Marquand. “Thousands of stakeholders have already turned to the PHI State Data Center for state profiles of the direct-care workforce, since it was first launched; we expect interest in this type of information to continue to surge as the need for these essential workers continues to grow.”

Visitors to the site can also download charts comparing wages across the different job types on a state by state basis as well as health insurance coverage, training standards, legislation and regulatory developments and state-based initiatives relating to direct-care workers. 

The expansion is funded in part by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center, and a grant from The SCAN Foundation.

“Enhanced features of PHI’s web-based tool make essential state-by-state information about our nation’s direct care workforce more accessible and easier to share with others,” said Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation. “These workers are an increasingly important element of the health care team that helps people to age with dignity and independence.”

Written by Elizabeth Ecker