Across the country we’re seeing agencies fight to stay competitive when recruiting caregivers and CNAs. Any leg up they can have on their competitors is going to drive more hires. So what does a Home Care Commission in Oregon have to do with hiring Caregivers at your agency?
A recent article in a local Oregon newspaper chronicles a group of home care workers that have been working to enact change in the industry since 2000. This allowed them to unionize, as well as helped create a Home Care Commission in the local government. The Commission and union recently finished newest agreement between the two, which offers a number of new training avenues for care workers. This includes online training as well as training in multiple languages for Caregivers who aren’t native english speakers.
Advances like these are going to be a necessary part of Caregiver recruiting in order to attract and keep enough workers in the profession. We see more and more agencies taking the lead on finding new ways to empower their workers. These are the agencies having the most success in their Caregiver and CNA recruitment efforts.
Cheryl Miller, executive director of the Oregon Home Care Commission said “We’re trying to drive people to this tremendously rewarding work.” As we talked about in our earlier post Is the Grass Greener for Caregivers and CNAs Outside of Home Care Recruitment?, there’s plenty of competition from other industries. In order to continue ramping up Caregiver, HHA, and CNA recruitment to meet demand, agencies should take note of any ways they can elevate their Caregivers.
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