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Millions of long-term care workers needed in next decade

A new study released by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco shows that at least 2.5 million more long-term care workers will be needed within 15 years. The researchers used national surveys to analyze current use and staffing of long-term care, to project demand for long-term care services and workers through 2030.

If current trends continue, the occupations anticipated to grow the most over the period are:

  • counselors and social workers: 94%
  • community and social services workers: 93%
  • home health and personal care aides: 88%.

 Researchers determined that demographic and utilization changes would have little effect on their projections of vigorous long-term care employment growth between now and 2030. The study concluded that policy makers and educators should intensify efforts to create and sustainably fund programs to recruit, train, and retain long-term care workers.