A new LeadingAge cabinet began working in April 2012 to develop and strengthen the aging services workforce across the full continuum of staff and settings. 

The LeadingAge Workforce Cabinet includes representatives from LeadingAge provider members – including continuing care retirement communities, home health agencies and housing providers – as well state associations and educators.

The Workforce Cabinet will continue the work of the AAHSA Talent Cabinet, which was established in 2007 to make recommendations for policy, practice and education changes that address current and projected long-term care workforce shortages. 

The Talent Cabinet released its report, Defining Core Competencies for the Professional Long-Term Care Workforce: A Status Report and Next Steps in 2009.

2 Priorities

During its first meeting in April, the Workforce Cabinet identified 2 priorities for its agenda over the next 2 years:

  • Core competencies: The Workforce Cabinet will continue the Talent Cabinet’s work to develop core competencies for the long-term care workforce. It will explore behavioral standards within each competency and will conduct a review and cross comparison of current models.
  • Training: The new cabinet will also explore the leadership challenges faced by the aging services sector at all levels. It will recommend components of team-based and leadership training and will explore ways to incorporate these trainings into the curricula and in-services provided to the long-term care workforce.

3 Products

During the next 2 years, the Workforce Cabinet will create 3 products:

  • A toolkit of evidence-based workforce models.
  • A cultural competency matrix.
  • A core competency gap analysis report.