Racial Disparities in Financial Security, Work and Leisure Activities, and Quality of Life Among the Direct Care Workforce

Authors: Ulrike Muench, PhD, RN, FAAN | Joanne Spetz, PhD | Matthew Jura, MSc | Charlene Harrington

Topics: Nursing, Primary Care

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

November 20, 2020

Personal care, home health, and nursing aides provide the majority of care to chronically ill and disabled older adults. This workforce faces challenging working conditions, resulting in high turnover and workforce instability that affect the quality of care for older adults. This study adds to the literature by examining racial and ethnic disparities in well-being among direct care workers, workers, who are especially vulnerable to struggles at work and at home.

This article examines financial security, work–life balance, and quality of life of Black, Hispanic, and workers of other race/ethnicity compared to White workers among the direct care workforce.

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