A study in Massachusetts exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the often-overlooked home care workforce is now available in the journal Patient Safety. Researchers used focus groups and surveys to learn more about the workers’ access to information as well as the trade-offs they considered as they attempted to keep themselves and the people they care for safe. Most workers reported worrying about getting infected with COVID and nearly 1-in-3 considered leaving home care work.
The Center conducted the study in the fall of 2020 with more than 80 personal care attendants (PCAs) and individuals affiliated with home care agencies. The work is part of a larger effort to support infection control and safety efforts in the home care setting, especially during the pandemic. Read more about the Center's home care work here.