Personal Care Aides: Assessing Self-Care Needs and Worker Shortages in Rural Areas

Authors: Susan Chapman, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN | Lillie Greiman, MA | Timothy Bates, MPP | Laura Wagner, PhD, RN, FAAN | Ari Lissau | Kirsi Toivanen-Atilla | Rayana Sage

Topics: Long-Term Care, Rural Health, Workforce Supply

Research Center: UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care

October 24, 2022

There are currently no federal standards to evaluate the adequacy of personal care aides based on the demand for home and community based services in the US,  but past research has indicated long-term shortages in the personal care aide workforce. Not much is known about how these shortages differ across geographic regions.

This Health Affairs article uses the 2013-2017 data from the American Community Survey and the Office of Management and Budget to analyze potential need for and supply of personal care services across the US.

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