Who are Direct Care Workers?
Direct care workers are also known as personal care workers (PCWs), caregivers, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), or Home Health Aides (HHAs). Responsibilities of direct care work vary depending on the setting in which a caregiver is employed.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, direct care jobs in long term care will grow 69% by 2020, much faster than other jobs. Many job opportunities are available in a variety of healthcare settings, such as clients’ homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, hospice agencies, and nursing homes.
All direct care workers within long term care must meet certain qualifications. Requirements for LTC positions include a criminal background check, physical health assessment, speaking and writing skills and physical capabilities.