Direct Care Workers in the News

Maine needs to increase reimbursement rates and give us direct care workers a raise, says Helen Hanson in a Bangor Daily News editorial.

How negative public attitudes toward direct care work can damage workers’ morale and self-image.

Not just anyone can do direct care work, says a striking worker: “It takes a very long time to understand how to work with very complex people with very complex needs.”

A strong op-ed on what’s wrong with Britain’s “zero-hour” home care contracts, which offer workers no protection and no guaranteed hours.

With a statewide average wage of $8.60 an hour, home care workers in Missouri are calling for higher wages.

An ethics instructor considers what fair pay for home care workers would look like—and why we need to make it happen.

This video for NADSP’s Direct Support Professional Appreciation Week (September 7-13) celebrates the work done by DSPs.

Professors Lisa Dodson and Nancy Folbre on why the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision will hurt home care consumers.

Alameda County’s home care workers are about to become the best paid in the state of California, at $12.50 an hour.

Home care workers in Washington have won a tentative agreement with the state for an average wage of $14 an hour by 2017.

Stories about the role home care workers are playing in the fight for a minimum wage of $15 an hour:

Why raising the minimum wage is good for the economy

The new federal minimum wage and overtime law is expected to help stabilize the home care workforce in Ohio.

The Real Nurse Jackie on how to take the dread out of the back-to-school season for CNAs and their employers.

A look at a program that employs about 33,000 personal care attendants in Massachusetts, and the PCAs for whom direct care work is “more than a job.” 

Many personal support workers are wondering, “Can I afford to do this?” says a worker in Guelph, Canada.

The Boston Globe on the “powerful grass-roots force” behind the growing movement to raise wages for the working poor.

Good news/bad news from California: nearly 6.5 million workers now have paid sick days, but more than 350,000 home care workers remain excluded.

A star Little League player, homeless since his home care aide mother’s hours were cut, gets help from local Samaritan.

DCA board chair Tracy Dudzinski and others on how to reduce turnover among home care aides: raise pay and create career lattices.

A fine piece from North Dakota on the difficulty of finding and keeping home health aides as demand rises and wages remain low.

About 27,000 Minnesota home care workers are now unionized.

PHI’s Jodi Sturgeon on why it’s time to raise the floor for home care workers.

The New York Times’ New Old Age blog on the implications of the California ruling that a home health aide may not sue a client with Alzheimer’s disease for an injury incurred on the job.

A look at how often home care workers are denied the training they need, and why that matters.