If you are interested in improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens, then long-term care may be the health care setting for you. Long-term care refers to health services provided to chronically ill, aged, or disabled patients on a continuing and lengthy basis. Care typically takes place in nursing facilities, assisted living residences, and homes for individuals with specific mental retardation or developmental disabilities.
The most common health care occupations found in long term care are that of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), the Licensed Practical Nurse, and the Registered Nurse. Some facilities also employ Resident Assistants, who provide direct personal care services to residents but are not certified as CNAs, and Qualified Medical Assistants, who may assist with the administration of medications and treatments.
For more information about direct-care worker jobs go to:
A Project of the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
|Are you looking to join the Direct Care profession? Go to the Direct-Care Worker Information Center to:
- Get an Overview of the rewards and challenges of working in long-term care
- Learn about Job Duties and Training Requirements
- Nursing Assistant or Certified Nursing Assistant
- Home Health Aide
- Personal Assistant and Home Care Aide
- Direct Support Professional
- Learn about Looking for Work
- Is this the right kind of work for you?
- Who do you prefer to work with?
- What type of setting do you want to work in?
- How to find a job
- Learn about Wages and Benefits
|Are you already a nursing assistant, home health aide, personal assistant, direct support professional, or other direct-care worker? Go to the Direct-Care Worker Information Center to:
- Learn ways to Connect with Your Peers
- Online Communities
- Worker Associations
- Learn about The Movement to Create Quality Jobs
- National Organizations and Initiatives
- Employer Best Practices
- State-Based Initiatives
- Worker Initiatives