“New Study: Immigrants are the Future of Long-Term Care”

New Study: Immigrants are the Future of Long-Term Care,” by Robert Espinosa, HuffPost

“Immigrants are a key part of the U.S. economy and the future of long-term care, says a new study on immigrants in the direct care workforce from PHI, the nation’s leading expert on direct care. According to the study released this week, more than 1 million immigrants work in direct care, a rapidly-growing sector that includes about 4.4 million home care workers and nursing assistants employed in nursing homes. Immigrants in this workforce come from 151 countries representing many regions of the world, though more than half come from the Caribbean, Central America and Southeast Asia—the study reports. Unfortunately, many of these workers work in jobs characterized by low pay and marginal benefits, which forces them into poverty and requires them to access public assistance to survive.

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Whether or not you think the anti-Trump sentiments in this article are fair, it’s undeniably true that immigrants play a key role in providing direct LTC for very low pay and under extremely demanding conditions.

New Study: Immigrants are the Future of Long-Term Care