COVID-19 and Workers at Risk: Examining the Long-Term Care Workforce

April 27, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, For Employers

Last modified April 28, 2020

The Kaiser Family Foundation has created this analysis that focuses on the characteristics of the 4.5 million people who work in long-term care (LTC) settings. Here are some of the key findings:

  • The long-term care workforce consists of a variety of occupations and workers with different levels of direct day-to-day patient contact, but most of the 4.5 million LTC workers are in close, frequent contact with patients. 
  • LTC workers overall are disproportionately lower-wage workers. 
  • While most LTC workers are under 50 years of age, nearly 4 in 10 are 50 or older (38%), including 7% who are 65 and older. 
  • The vast majority of LTC workers are female (82%), and a disproportionate share are Black (26%).

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