Higher numbers of foreign-born workers moving into LTC

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Immigrants increasingly are taking care of nursing-home residents, according to a new report by the seniors' organization AARP.

Foreigners now account for more than one-fourth of the nurses and aides in nursing homes in big cities, the report said. How well the United States recruits from less developed countries will affect the quality of care Baby Boomers receive, according to the report.

Across the country, the number of immigrant nurses providing long-term care has nearly quadrupled since 1990, while the number of nursing aides has more than doubled, the report's authors write. About 64,000 immigrant nurses were working in nursing homes in 2003, along with 145,000 foreign-born aides.