Kohl's bill aims to bolster flagging caregiver workforce
Report: Finding qualified staff will be a challenge
“The number of healthcare workers devoted to caring for older Americans is experiencing a shortage—one that will only grow more desperate as our country ages more rapidly,” said Kohl, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, in a statement.
The bill, “Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Healthcare Workforce,” would carry the following provisions: Expand funding for Geriatric Education Centers for grants in geriatrics at health professions schools, establish tuition stipends for long-term care direct care workers to acquire nursing degrees, and require government to research turnover and retention and other long-term care issues.
It also would expand the Nursing Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program to support additional training in geriatrics for nurses and nursing faculty, and establish a National Resource Center on Students, Volunteers and Seniors to help expose high school and college students to nursing and other fields.
Kohl plans to reintroduce the bill early this year.