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Improving Home Care Employment Opportunities: Assessing the Feasibility of Home Care Cooperative Development in the Rochester Region, New York

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January 13, 2020
Improving Home Care Employment Opportunities: Assessing the Feasibility of Home Care Cooperative Development in the Rochester Region, New York

Can cooperative development help improve employment in the home care sector—where home care workers, who are primarily women of color, struggle for recognition, support, and economic stability despite their essential contribution to the community? This report examines the feasibility of cooperative development in Rochester’s home care sector as a strategy for improving job opportunities in the region, addressing the home care workforce crisis, and strengthening access to quality care for those who need it.

Key Takeaways

Rochester, New York has a rich history of economic development and innovation, but it is also one of the country’s most impoverished cities.
To improve both recruitment and retention, there is a clear need to enhance job quality and supports for home care workers in Rochester.
There is momentum behind the cooperative concept in the Rochester region, with political leadership, community endorsement, and emerging examples in action.
 
Kezia Scales, PhD
About The Author

Kezia Scales, PhD

Director of Policy Research
Kezia Scales oversees PHI’s national research strategies to effectively study the direct care workforce and its relationship to long-term care, providing an evidence base to inform public policies on this critical workforce.
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