Concerns about nursing home employees

Approximately 7 out of every 10 employees at nursing homes throughout the United States are paraprofessionals. These paraprofessionals take the form of Certified Nurse Aides, home health aides, and personal care attendants. At least eight out of every ten hours of paid services provided to an elder in non-acute settings is administered not by a doctor, nor a nurse, but by a paraprofessional worker.

A presentation was recently given by Steven L. Dawson, President of Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, addressing poor job quality, compensation, and lack of proper training for paraprofessionals in long-term care institutions. Thousands of Americans entrust their loved ones to these paraprofessionals each year. It is vital that these paraprofessionals are trained well, and are fairly compensated so that our elderly are treated properly.

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