A new poll commissioned by The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) found that 73% of people in America think direct care workers are underpaid and 94% believe oversight of nursing homes and home care agencies is important.
Direct care workers provide hands-on care with daily tasks like bathing and dressing in
peoples’ homes and in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes.
- People underestimate the care they will need as they age.
- Nearly half of respondents said they do not think they will need support from a direct care worker as they age. In reality, 66% will.
- An overwhelming majority support higher pay and more training for direct care workers. The current median wage is $13/hour and federal guidance suggests nine business days of training.
- 72% of Americans overestimate how much direct care workers are paid.
- Upon learning the median wage, 73% say direct care workers are underpaid.
- 60% think direct care workers would benefit from more training.
- People expect government oversight to help direct care workers protect older adults.
- 94% of people believe government oversight of nursing homes and home care agencies is important to help direct care workers protect older adults.