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Snapshot: Healthcare Personnel in Long-term Care | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC

Snapshot: Healthcare Personnel in Long-term Care | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC

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Snapshot: Healthcare Personnel in Long-term Care

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The long-term care (LTC) workforce is diverse and growing. As of 2010, it was reported[156 KB, 2 pages] there are about 2.2 million nursing aides, orderlies, attendants, and home health aides and an additional 644,850 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses working in nursing homes, assisted living, and home health. All of these individuals are considered healthcare personnel (HCP) and are recommended to receive annual influenza vaccination.
The National Center for Health Statistics[3.5 MB, 105 pages] estimates that in 2012, long-term HCP served about 8 million people in the United States. The number of people using nursing facilities, alternative residential care places, or home care services is projected to increase from 15 million in 2000 to 27 million in 2050. HCP such as nursing assistants or nursing aides, home health aides, personal care aides, and others who may potentially be exposed to infectious materials, provide 70 to 80% of paid hands-on LTC and personal assistance to older adults or disabled individuals in the United States. They work in a variety of locations, providing assistance to nursing home residents, home health and adult day care clients in bathing, dressing, and other activities of daily living. The number of these HCP in the LTC sector is projected to grow to between 5.7 to 6.6 million by 2050.

An overview of the LTC HCP workforce (as of 2013) from the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) International[1.1 MB, 8 pages]

Photo of a group of health care professionals, men and women, working together.
  • 89% are female
  • Average age is 42 years old
  • 47% are employed part-time or full-time part of the year
  • 54% have attained a high school education or less
  • 45% live in households earning below 200% of the federal poverty level income
    • 49% are eligible for publicly funded services such as Medicaid
    • 28% of people employed in nursing care facilities do not have health insurance; 37% employed in home health care services do not have health insurance
  • 21% were born outside of the United States and may face cultural or language barriers in the workplace

LTC Workforce by Wages, Entry-level Education, and Employment from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job title with link to U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare
Median wage
Entry-level education
Less than high school
Less than high school
Postsecondary non-degree award
Postsecondary non-degree award
Associate’s degree

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