The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is a group of 31 national organizations, joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America.
The Institute of Medicine, in its critical report “Re-tooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce,” called for immediate investments in preparing our health care system to care for older Americans and their families. In response, we formed the national Eldercare Workforce Alliance—representing consumers, family caregivers, the direct-care workforce, and healthcare professionals—to propose practical solutions to strengthen our eldercare workforce.
We believe that:
– Adopting care models that provide well-coordinated, person-directed services across settings is an essential step in addressing our fragmented health care system.
– All caregivers—including family and friends—should be supported and have opportunities to acquire the needed skills, knowledge, and information to care appropriately for older adults.
– Resolving the workforce crisis requires addressing recruitment, retention, training and compensation issues across the direct-care and professional eldercare workforce.