The Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN) and the New York Care Council released a groundbreaking report last week, with data on New York City’s current and anticipated home care needs. This report – the result of extensive research and a survey of 1,200 participants – comes at a time when over 1 million New York City residents are interacting with the home care system, either as paid or unpaid caregivers or as seniors and people with disabilities who receive home care.
One of the central findings of the report is that both care workers and people who receive care overwhelmingly identified “raising wages for home care workers” as their top priority, underscoring the connection between the quality of care jobs and the quality of care that people receive.
Home care jobs are projected be one of the leading industries driving employment growth in NYC in the coming years and yet, one in seven low-wage workers in NYC is a home care worker. The question we must continue to pose to our elected leaders is: Will you join us in investing in quality job growth that supports quality care for both consumers and workers?
Check out more of the report’s findings here: http://www.alignny.org/posts/resource/2013/08/caring-across-new-york-city-2/