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.