Long Term Care Workforce

The development of a competent, committed workforce to care for our ageing societies is not only important but urgent. The supply of health and long-term care workers does not currently meet the demand in many countries. Based on projections, the gap will increase in the future. Increased numbers of workers need to be coupled with training and competencies needed to deliver care to older adults.

The Global Ageing Network and the Center for Applied Research at LeadingAge collaborated on a cross-national U.S. study of the long-term care and home care paraprofessional workforce in Europe.

The project had two primary goals:

  1. To help better describe this sector of the European aging services workforce and to better understand the issues these workers face and how these issues differ across countries.
  2. To examine the ways in which health care products and equipment can aid and enhance the daily tasks of this workforce as they care for elders.

The final report specifically focuses on the long-term care paraprofessional and professional workforce in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Ireland and Spain. The Invacare Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of home medical equipment, funded the research.