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LeadingAge Colorado Workforce News

April 9, 2018



The Senior Living Employee: A Socioeconomic Portrait of Today's Worker

The senior living industry employs nearly 1 million people and its workforce is expected to grow to 1.2 million by 2026. Each of those employees comes to work with a story of who they are, where they came from, and what they plan for their future. As the industry needs to recruit and retain an additional 300,000 employees, understanding the social and economic profile of today’s senior living workforce may assist providers in making critical decisions that affect overall operations.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 American Community Survey, Argentum took a look at just who is working in the senior living industry and analyzed their similarities and differences. The results can be found in Argentum Quarterly Issue 1 2018.

Aid for aides: 40 hours' pay for 30 hours' work

Implementing a flexible model of staffing could help skilled nursing providers deal with the lows — and potential highs — in occupancy that are expected over the next several years.

But to do that, they’ll have to overcome competition from outside sectors, the need to deal with higher-acuity patients, and the complexity inherent in flexible scheduling.

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LeadingAge Workforce Innovators Podcast

LeadingAge Workforce Innovators is a production of LeadingAge's Center for Workforce Solutions. The show examines promising practices and innovations to meet workforce challenges. 

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OnShift, LeadingAge Silver Partner, Develops Whitepaper on Meeting the Expectations of Today's Workforce

In OnShift's latest whitepaper, Meeting the Expectations of Today's Workforce, you'll access the research and best practices to gain a competitive hiring advantage, communicate and act on employee feedback, provide scheduling flexibility and recognize and reward employee contributions.

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1.1 Million More Direct Care Workers Needed by 2030

A recent report by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) projects that, based on current population and service utilization trends, 3.4 million direct care workers will be needed by 2030, a 1.1 million increase over the 2.3 million people who filled these jobs in 2015. 

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