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Council Presents at Home Care Workforce Demand Forum

Wednesday, June 7, 2017  
Posted by: Marisa Lutz
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The Commonwealth Corporation recently hosted an event at Mass Bay Community College to address the unique demands of growing the direct care workforce in Massachusetts. The Home Care Aide Council’s Associate Director, Hayley Gleason, presented with Paul Harrington of Drexel University to talk about the trends and challenges in finding a robust pool of employees to provide direct care to people in their homes. One in eight jobs in the Commonwealth are either for home health aides or personal care aides. It is predicted that the demand for direct care workers will increase significantly as the population grows older and more people choose to age in place. Members of the Council, Kevin Smith of Best of Care and Lesley Nolan of Medical Resources Home Health, also participated in the forum to provide the agency perspective on recruiting and retaining workers to fill direct care positions.

The Commonwealth Corporation was created in 1997 by the Massachusetts Legislature. They design and execute workforce programs in partnership with businesses, educators, and providers. They support the development of education and skills training that connect to real job opportunities, with sensitivity to regional economic differences. The Home Care Aide Council’s Foundation has received funding from Commonwealth Corporation to develop evidence-based training for front line workers who care for patients with mental and behavioral health challenges.