NC Justice Center: Fair pay for quality care

Category:

Our partners at the North Carolina Justice Center just released a new report, “Fair Pay for Quality Care,” which focuses on why the state must raise the quality of home care jobs in order to better care for North Carolina’s aging population.

Check out this blog post written by Rob Schofield at NC Policy Watch (cross-posted with permission) to learn more!

New report says quality caregiver wages are critical for quality care given to seniors
Fair wages for home care workers improve continuity of care and strengthen the local economy

Low wages for caregivers threaten the quality and consistency of in-home healthcare services provided to seniors, even as demand those services is expected grow exponentially due to the retirement of the baby boom generation according to a report released today. Recent cuts to the Medicaid reimbursement rate for caregiving have contributed to falling caregiver wages and must be addressed in order to ensure seniors receive quality care.

“Direct care occupations, including home care jobs, are some of the fastest growing occupations. But these jobs offer some of the lowest wages in the state,” writes Sabine Schoenbach, author of the report. “Low wages increase worker turnover, increase long-run costs for providers, and interrupt the continuity of care for consumers. Reimbursement by Medicaid programs, in large part, creates the framework in which employers set wages for direct care workers, and North Carolina’s reimbursement rates have been frozen or reduced since 2009 putting North Carolina $4 per hour lower than the national average rate paid to provider agencies.”

Key findings include:

“Quality wages for caregivers means quality care for seniors. It’s time for North Carolina to take hard look at how Medicaid reimburses provider agencies for the care provided to seniors and explore how those reimbursements can be improved to provide workers with quality wages,” said Allan Freyer, Director of the Workers’ Rights Project.

Click here to read the full report.

Hello there!

Get the inside scoop on how the #CaringMajority is shaping our future!

Thank You For Subscribing

We're excited to have you with us!

No spam, only the good stuff. The #CaringMajority cares about your inbox too.