System Level Supports and Barriers Home Care Workers Face During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Home care workers (HCWs) are integral to in-home care for more than 7 million older adults and people with chronic conditions and disabilities, often providing life-sustaining services. Despite their important role, HCW turnover is high due to stressful workloads, low pay, lack of benefits, and inadequate working conditions. These challenges were exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic in part due to limited and inconsistent system-level supports such as access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 specific training. This study will explore system-level barriers and priorities for improvement that can help strengthen the home care workforce as the pandemic evolves.

Lead Researcher: Danbi Lee, PhD, OTD, OTR/L
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HRSA: HWRC Allied Health



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