U of A researchers offer recommendations aimed at improving the welfare of the largest workforce in Canadian nursing homes.
Many of us have moms and dads or older friends and relatives in nursing homes and care very much about their well-being and the supports they receive. But who's caring for the care aides who do the bulk of the front-line work in nursing homes?
Care aides' welfare is almost entirely overlooked in the health system, and it turns out the health of care aides affects the quality of care they deliver.
Care aides, also known as nurse's aides, personal support workers or continuing care assistants, are the largest workforce in nursing homes in Canada.
Research suggests between 75 and 90 per cent of direct care to residents is provided by care aides, including physical care, such as helping those they care for to eat, bathe and dress, as well as emotional care and social interaction. Their role is central to the quality of care and qu...