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New Report and Resources to Support Your Workforce Challenges

Caregiver Needed: How the Nation's Workforce Shortages Make It Harder to Age Well at Home, a new report from USAging, reveals that many AAAs and direct care providers across the country are facing workforce shortages that are threatening their ability to provide home and community-based services to older adults who depend on them.
 
The report, based on a survey of AAAs, revealed that 41 percent of AAA survey respondents have staff vacancies ranging from five to 15 percent and one-third of AAA respondents reported that they had lost at least half of their volunteer workforce since 2019.  
 
As a result of direct care workforce shortages: 
  • 99 percent of responding AAAs reported that older adults in their service areas are experiencing increased social isolation and loneliness  
  • 94 percent of AAAs reported that older adults were not receiving services as often as they were needed and  
  • 92 percent reported that some older adults were not able to receive one or more of the services they need at all 
Share the report and press release with your provider partners, board, stakeholders and elected officials to demonstrate that these issues are widespread and require coordinated action. 
 
Additional Resources to Support Your Work 
 
PowerPoint Slides: Add selected slides into your own presentations or reports to support your advocacy work. 
 
Impact of Workforce Shortages on AAAs and Older Adults: Results from a USAging Poll: Watch the recording of our September 8 webinar for a brief overview of key findings and summary of current national policy opportunities. 
 
Stopgap Measures to Address Workforce Challenges: Join us on October 4 at 3:00 pm ET to hear from a panel of AAA leaders who will discuss innovative strategies they are using to address direct care worker shortages during this webinar. Register now!
 
Coming in November: Plan to join us for a webinar, Strategies to Improve Employee Engagement and Retention at AAAs. Stay tuned for more details! 

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