Posted by Direct Care Alliance on September 9th, 2009 at 1:39 pm | 1 Comment »
“It appears that the investment that North Carolina is making in quality improvement initiatives is having a positive and significant impact on nursing home performance and the stability of the nurse aide workforce,” says Workplace Interventions, Turnover, and Quality of Care Report.
The June 2009 report analyzes three workplace interventions aimed at improving turnover rates and care quality in North Carolina nursing homes:
- The WIN A STEP UP program. This gives nursing assistants an opportunity to advance in their careers and earn additional money by completing a 30-hour curriculum. They also commit to staying in their jobs. In addition, the program provides coaching supervision training for the CNAs’ supervisors.
- Culture change initiatives. 15 North Carolina nursing homes a year are granted civil monetary penalty funding to transition from medical-model care to a more homelike environment.
- Quality improvement collaborative. About one in five North Carolina nursing homes participate in this effort to improve reduce the rate of pressure sores and the use of restraints.
Continue reading »
Posted by Direct Care Alliance on September 9th, 2009 at 11:17 am | 1 Comment »
As every direct care worker advocate knows, personal and home care aides earn far too little for the important work they do. And now an updated version of PHI’s State Chart Book on Wages for Personal and Home Care Aides (PDF) gives advocates a valuable tool, proving that real wages are actually getting worse.
The chart book analyzes data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, adjusting last year’s wages for inflation to see how their earning power compares to average wages in 1999.
Nationwide, these inflation-adjusted rates, which the chartbook calls “real wages,” have decreased by 3 percent over the past nine years, dropping from $7.50 an hour to just $7.31. Real wages increased in more than half the states during that period, but not enough to make up for their decline in the other 21.
Median wages in 2008 ranged from $7.05 an hour in Texas to $12.55 in Alaska in 2008, or real wages of $5.61 to $9.90. “Wages for personal and home care aides are so low,” says PHI Director of Policy Research Dorie Seavey, “that about 20 percent of these workers received a raise on July 24 when the minimum wage increased to $7.25/hour.”
The chartbook also compares wages to federal poverty level wages for a one-person household.
Direct Care Alliance
Posted by Direct Care Alliance on June 25th, 2009 at 10:56 am | 1 Comment »
A full set of DCA Direct Care Fact Sheets, one for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is now available in the Resources section of our website.
The one-page sheets were created as a resource for direct care worker advocates and their allies, legislators, policymakers, members of the media, and others interested in direct care issues. They include key facts such as:
- The number of home health aides, nursing assistants, and personal and home care aides in the state in 2006 and the projected numbers of each in 2016
- The average hourly wage for the state’s direct care workers
- What percentage of direct care workers in that state or region are without health insurance
Direct Care Alliance