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Insights from the Frontline: Results of a Statewide Survey of Paid Caregivers in Arizona

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August 10, 2021
Insights from the Frontline: Results of a Statewide Survey of Paid Caregivers in Arizona

In Arizona, paid caregivers—including direct care workers, paid family caregivers, and direct support professionals, among others—provide critical daily support to thousands of older adults and people with disabilities. As the need for these essential workers escalates, the state faces a pressing question: what can be done to improve paid caregiving jobs and enhance the supports that these workers deliver? To help address this question, PHI partnered with four managed care organizations in Arizona to survey the paid caregiver workforce about their experiences and insights. This report presents the survey findings and identifies opportunities to improve job quality in the Grand Canyon State.

Key Takeaways

Paid caregivers provide critical services to older adults and people with physical and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities in home and community-based settings across Arizona.
This report presents the results from a survey of more than 4,000 paid caregivers in Arizona on factors that influence their intent to stay in their jobs or leave, among other factors.
The findings show that a variety of factors influence workers’ longevity in the field, including compensation, training, supervision, opportunities for advancement, and support during the COVID-19 pandemic, among others.
 
Stephen McCall
About The Author

Stephen McCall

Data and Policy Analyst
Stephen McCall is a Data and Policy Analyst at PHI. In this capacity, he studies and writes about a variety of issues facing the direct care workforce–with the goal of reforming state and national policies.
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