Better Jobs Better Care

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The recently completed research and demonstration program was designed to bring about changes in long-term care policy and practice that help reduce high vacancy and turnover rates among direct care staff across the spectrum of long-term care settings and improve workforce quality. The goal of the program was to improve recruitment and retention of direct care workers.

Better Jobs Better Care (BJBC) was a $15.5 million research and demonstration program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies from 2003-2008. 

BJBC was designed to bring about changes in long-term care policy and practice that help reduce high vacancy and turnover rates among direct care staff across the spectrum of long-term care settings and improve workforce quality. 

The BJBC program funded grants for state demonstration and applied research and evaluation projects. As a result of the initiative, a number of resources were developed to help providers build a quality workforce. These resources, available to all providers, highlight the findings and lessons learned from the BJBC program and provide tools to reduce worker instability and improve the workforce.

Resources

A Crisis with a Solution: Tools and Resources for Transforming the Long-Term Care Workforce
Catalogue features descriptions of the tools and resources developed and tested by the BJBC research and demonstration grantees. These tools, used to reduce direct care worker turnover and build a quality workforce, are now available to all providers.

Better Jobs Better Care: New Research on the Long-Term Care Workforce July 2008
Report outlining key BJBC research findings and what they mean to providers.

Gerontologist Special Issue of BJBC
Special Issue of The Gerontologist encapsulates BJBC's research findings and includes Pennsylvania State University's evaluation of the demonstration projects. The articles cover the organizational and management interventions that attracted and kept direct care workers on the job. Available for purchase from Gerontologist Special Issue of BJBC.

FutureAge March/April 2007
The March/April issue of FutureAge magazine is dedicated to the Better Jobs Better Care findings. Each article illustrates the work BJBC has done to support changes in long-term care policy and provider practice that help improve frontline worker retention.

Better Jobs Better Care Issue Briefs

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