Poor Job Quality, Low Wages Continue to Hurt Caregiver Recruitment in Home Care

Over the past decade, low compensation, inadequate training and limited career advancement opportunities have weakened job quality for caregivers. That, in turn, has limited the pool of hiring candidates for home care providers. But in light of caregivers’ role amid the COVID-19 emergency, it’s more important than ever to take concrete measures that can improve […]

PHI Launches Multi-State Caregiver Advocacy Initiative

PHI announced Tuesday that it has launched a multi-state advocacy initiative centered on improving working conditions for caregivers. PHI’s “Essential Jobs, Essential Care” initiative aims to advocate for state laws and regulations that strengthen the caregiver workforce over the next two years. The initiative will be based in Michigan, New Mexico and North Carolina. It […]

Despite New Challenges, Low Wages Continue to Plague Home Care Jobs

Despite the spotlight that COVID-19 has placed on in-home care, the newfound visibility has not translated into higher wages or income for most caregivers. That’s true even as in-home care workers continue working with added safety risks and emerging job challenges. That’s according to a new report released Tuesday from PHI, a New York-based advocacy […]

Biden Announces $775B Plan to Boost the Caregiver Economy, Support In-Home Care Providers

Senior care — an increasingly important topic that’s too often overlooked on the campaign trail — is back in the spotlight. And maybe this time it will have some staying power. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has floated a sweeping new 10-year plan that seeks to dramatically change the way older adults are cared […]

Home Care Agencies Can Curb Turnover Costs with Better Preparation, Job Quality

Direct care workers are still undervalued, undertrained and have little opportunity for career advancement, according to a new report from PHI. Ultimately, that’s bad for home-based care agencies — and their bottom lines. New York-based PHI is a direct care worker and senior care advocacy organization. PHI typically classifies direct care workers as personal care […]

In-Home Care Providers May Face More Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits Moving Forward

In-home care providers may have another legal concern to watch out for during the remainder of 2020 and beyond. At a time when states are seeing widespread protests against police violence toward Black Americans and other people of color, workplace discrimination is increasingly being thrust into the spotlight. With conversations surrounding deep-rooted racial injustice growing […]

New Immigration Rules Could Harm Home-Based Care Workforce

Amid the coronavirus, the Trump administration has rolled out a number of changes to the U.S. immigration system, including travel restrictions and a move last month to suspend most immigrant visas for 60 days. President Donald Trump said the goal was to protect jobs for U.S. citizens, as unemployment has climbed to record highs in […]

House Stimulus Package Sets Aside $200 Billion for Front-Line Worker Hazard Pay

On Tuesday, House Democrats unveiled the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, the latest COVID-19 stimulus bill. Of note for home-based care providers hoping to keep their front-line staff, the proposed relief package includes a $200 billion fund for essential worker hazard pay.  Increasingly, the coronavirus has placed home-based care workers on […]

Coronavirus Worsening Workforce Challenges for Many In-Home Caregivers

Home care workers are on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis. But for many of these caregivers, the outbreak has only exacerbated the ongoing workforce challenges associated with the in-home care space. “The coronavirus crisis has exposed the holes in the safety net and the deep inequities that direct-care workers face,” Robert Espinoza, vice president […]