EWA Advocacy Toolkit: Geriatrics Workforce Programs

EWA created this toolkit to help advocates educate Congress on the need for a healthcare workforce that is trained to care for older adults.

Learn more about the EWA Advocacy Toolkit.

End Of Life Care: Preparing The Eldercare Workforce

To meet the needs of our aging population, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) advocates for public policies that support programs such as the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP).

Learn more about Preparing the Eldercare Workforce.

Supporting the Geriatric Workforce and Older Veterans: Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), has long been a leader in geriatrics and gerontology. The commitment of the VHA to specialize in the care of older veterans has allowed for the development, testing, and training of specialized programs focused on older patients. VA research on older adults is critical to creating better models of care and improving the patient experience in all settings of care. Continued investments in geriatrics and gerontology programs within the VA will support the innovation needed to meet the growing needs of the aging Veteran and U.S. population overall.

Download the full Veteran Affairs Issue Brief.

Advanced Direct Care Worker: A Role to Improve Quality and Efficiency of Care for Older Adults and Strengthen Career Ladders for Home Care Workers

Our focus in this discussion is on advanced roles for direct care workers within the home care setting, although we recognize there may be opportunities for advanced roles within other settings. And, while our focus here is on direct care workers, we believe that all members of the care team should be supported to work to the top level of their skill set. Finally, while our proposal is for a subset of home care workers to receive additional training to perform advanced functions, we believe that all direct care workers should be well-trained and supported in their role and we echo the IOM’s call for strengthening training standards and improvements in training programs for the workforce as
a whole.

Download the full Advanced Direct Care Worker Issue Brief.