Personal Care Aides
Currently, there are no federally mandated standards for PCAs, an industry advocate said at a Senate briefing Monday in Washington.
Personal care aides will get a high-powered focus Monday, when the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) host a briefing on training standards. "Training Personal Care Aides: The Latest Research Findings and Strategies from the States" takes place from 10-11:30 a.m. on Capitol Hill in Washington. PHI Director of Policy Research Dorie Seavey will present the latest findings from PHI's state-by-state analysis of PCA training requirements.
Another batch of statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor paints a sunny picture for people pursuing jobs in healthcare. Healthcare and social assistance are the fastest growing sectors, and will account for one-quarter of the new jobs created by 2020, according to the Labor Department's Employment Outlook.