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Working Conditions of Home Care Workers in Minnesota: Survey Summary

Moua, Chou

This summary report outlines the findings from a survey of almost 1,000 home care workers in Minnesota.1 Home care workers are direct care providers who provide home care services, including home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers, certified nursing assistants, and companions. Nationally, this industry is the fasting-growing sector of the U.S. economy. And, as the population ages, these professions are expected to grow by over 48% from 2012 to 2022, greatly eclipsing the 11% average growth for all occupations.2 Similarly, Minnesota’s Medicaid-funded home care programs constitute one of the fastest-growing segments of the state budget, and as the state’s population ages, the need for these services will certainly increase. Conducted in 2014-15, this survey was a community-based effort by and for home care workers (also called personal care attendants, home health aides, or direct support professionals) in Minnesota, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Minnesota (UMN), the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at UMN, and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. The goal was to better understand the working conditions and experiences of the 27,000 home care workers in Minnesota’s Medicaid-funded state home care programs. The respondents for this voluntary and confidential survey were derived from the MN State list of home care workers. The survey questions were conducted through direct mail or by telephone and were comprised of both closed and opened questions. To date, this is the only such research effort undertaken in Minnesota.

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Conducted on behalf of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. Supported by the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
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