Raising Women’s Voices

Women Caring for Women: A New Fact Sheet

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on October 23, 2008

A new fact sheet from HCHCW, Women Caring for Women (pdf), examines the unique characteristics that are inherent to the direct-care workforce because it is dominated by women. Some of the key facts revealed in this publication:

  • Women are 90 percent of the 3.1 million paid, professional caregivers in long-term care.
  • Nearly two thirds (65 percent) of long-term care consumers are women.
  • Nearly one in three direct-care workers lack health insurance coverage.

Of the leading occupations for women, caregiving is the sixth largest in the country. As the number of people in need of care increases dramatically over the next decade, the need for direct-care workers will also grow.  By 2016,  America will need 4 million direct-care workers, more than the number of school teachers needed for grades K-12.

The challenge is how to attract women to the caregiving profession – a job that is typically low wage and lacks affordable, quality health insurance.  There is a simple answer: improve the quality of caregiving jobs, making direct-care work a viable career. A quality job is one that offers a livable wage, health insurance, a supportive work environment, and opportunities for advancement.

Allison Lee
National Campaign Manager
Health Care for Health Care Workers
alee@phinational.org

 

For the Complete Article, please visit:http://hchcw.org/archives/women-caring-for-women-a-new-fact-sheet

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