Labor Market for Long-Term Care Workers

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Report of Labor Market for Long-Term Care Workers Delivered to Bucks County Long Term Care Consortium, 26 July 2007, by Rose M. Baker and David L. Passmore

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Labor Market for Long-Term Care Workers

  1. 1. Labor Market for Long–Term Care Workers in Bucks & Montgomery Counties Rose M. Baker David L. Passmore
  2. 2. Today… <ul><li>Structure of regional economy for long–term care (LTC) </li></ul><ul><li>Current & future regional labor market in LTC </li></ul><ul><li>Risks & opportunities in obtaining an adequate supply of LTC workers </li></ul>
  3. 3. But, first, little background… <ul><li>LTC is residential care combined with either nursing, supervisory, or other types of care as required by residents. The care provided is a mix of health and social services with the health services being largely some level of nursing services. </li></ul>
  4. 4. In 2007, 26,819 LTC workers in region… 1,493 workers Other residential care facilities 9,583 workers Community care facilities for the elderly 1,010 workers Residential mental and substance abuse care 3,468 workers Residential mental retardation facilities 11,264 workers Nursing care facilities
  5. 5. Structure of the Regional Economy For LTC
  6. 6. Structure of the Regional Economy For LTC — Population Will Change—
  7. 7. 2007 population by age…
  8. 8. 2015 population by age…
  9. 9. 2007 population concentration by age
  10. 10. 2015 population concentration by age…
  11. 11. Age of population will shift… <ul><li>The population will become older between 2007 and 2017 </li></ul><ul><li>A greater concentration of older Pennsylvanians will live in the region in 2015 compared with 2007 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Structure of the Regional Economy For LTC — Economy Depends On LTC—
  13. 13. Every 100 LTC jobs creates 140 jobs… The top10—
  14. 14. Other LTC multipliers… <ul><li>Every $1 in sales in LTC creates $1.79 in sales in entire economy of both counties </li></ul><ul><li>Every $1 earned by a LTC worker creates $1.48 in earnings in entire economy of both counties </li></ul>
  15. 15. Structure of the Regional Economy For LTC — LTC Depends On Regional Spending—
  16. 16. Jobs in region depend on spending…
  17. 17. Earnings in region depend on spending…
  18. 18. LTC depends on spending…
  19. 19. Current & Future Regional Labor Market for LTC
  20. 20. LTC industry employment
  21. 21. Top jobs in LTC
  22. 22. Top jobs in LTC
  23. 23. Opportunities in LTC Top Jobs
  24. 24. Concentration of community care jobs will increase
  25. 25. Competitiveness could improve in some LTC sectors
  26. 26. Transitions into LTC possible--food service example
  27. 27. Transitions into LTC possible--food service example
  28. 28. Risks & Opportunities in Obtaining an Adequate Supply of LTC Workers
  29. 29. Risks & Opportunities in Obtaining an Adequate Supply of LTC Workers — Your Thoughts?—
  30. 30. On the supply side of LTC <ul><li>Provider taxes </li></ul><ul><li>Intergovernmental transfers </li></ul><ul><li>Medicaid program direction </li></ul>
  31. 31. On the demand side of LTC <ul><li>Trends in disability prevalence </li></ul><ul><li>Innovations in assistive devices </li></ul><ul><li>Improvements in socioeconomic status </li></ul><ul><li>Use of informal caregivers </li></ul>
  32. 32. In the labor market for LTC <ul><li>Emotional & physical demands of jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Low & uncompetitive wages = turnover </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with job design, supervision, & training </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory & certification uncertainty </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty recruiting basic skills and, esp., advanced skills </li></ul><ul><li>RNs, LPNs, and CNAs difficult to recruit </li></ul>
  33. 33. Rose Baker David Passmore Program Manager Workforce Assessment Center & Assistant Professor of Education Professor & Director Penn State Institute for Research in Training & Development
  34. 34. Labor Market for Long–Term Care Workers in Bucks & Montgomery Counties Rose M. Baker David L. Passmore

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