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Who is caring for the care workers?

Many of us have moms and dads or older friends and relatives in nursing home facilities 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 frontline work in nursing homes? Their welfare is almost entirely overlooked in the health system. And it turns out, the health of the care aide affects the quality of care they deliver. Care aides — also known as nurses aides, personal support workers or continuing care assistants — are the largest workforce in nursing homes in Canada. Research suggests between 75 and 90 percent of direct care to residents is provided by care aides, including physical care, such as ...

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