North Carolina Eldercare Workforce Coalition
North Carolina has the 9th fastest growing aging population in the country. Currently, more than a quarter of these North Carolinians over 65 require assistance with one or more activities of daily living to maintain their independence in the community. In the state, 1.7 million family caregivers provide this care valuing more than $13.6 billion to support their loved ones. With almost 60% of them still in the workforce, many some support themselves to continue working.
While North Carolina has been on the forefront of many programs over the last few decades to improve the geriatric workforce in the state, North Carolina is still almost 400 geriatricians short of projected need and has nearly 100% turnover for direct care workers in one year’s time.
North Carolina is a largely rural state with almost 60% of the aging population residing in its 85 rural counties. In fact, the more rural the county the older the community’s population, making its scarce eldercare services and workforce that much more important.
The NC Eldercare Workforce Coalition is a network of eldercare providers, caregivers, individuals and agency partners that are committed to strengthening the eldercare workforce in North Carolina. The purpose of this Coalition is to work together to improve the quality of care and support for older North Carolinians through:
- Changing provider practices and behaviors
- Improving education and training for all caregivers
- Advocating for policy interventions
Membership of the Coalition is open to any individual, agency or organization that is impacted by the shortage of qualified workers in eldercare in the state of North Carolina. We are an affiliate of the national Eldercare Workforce Alliance in Washington, D.C.
- A Helping Hand
- Carol Woods Retirement Community
- Duke Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs
- ECU Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs
- Guiding Lights of NC
- High Country AAA
- LeadingAge NC
- National Association of Social Workers NC Chapter
- NC Coalition on Aging
- NC Community College System
- NC Friends of Residents in LTC
- NC Health Care Facilities Association
- NC Justice Center
- NC LTC Ombudsman
- NC Pace Association
- NC Rural Health Alliance
- Nurse Care of NC
- Piedmont Triad AAA
- Seniors Transitions of NC
- Southwestern AAA
- UNC GWEP
- UNC Partnerships in Aging
- UNC Post Acute Services
For more information please contact:
Amanda Borer at
The Collaborative is a network of organizations and individuals working together to build and sustain a well-trained direct services workforce in the Maryland region. It prioritizes the principles of diversity, advances knowledge that draws upon current and previous training and development initiatives. The Collaborative seeks to pro-actively address the critical issues impeding the availability of the needed support services for older adults and persons with disabilities through policy reform, advocating systems change, and providing leadership in the design and implementation of new program initiatives.
Mission: To facilitate and advance the recruitment, retention and career path development of the direct services workforce.
Vision: A direct services workforce is well-trained and available to meet the continuing and changing needs of the community throughout the Maryland region.
Maryland Regional Direct Services Collaborative
c/o Rodham Institute
GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
2600 Virginia Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037