State gives $4.8 million to train long-term care workers, including $2 million in the region

By: Teghan Simonton

The Department of Labor & Industry on Wednesday awarded $4.8 million in Direct Care Worker Training Grants to increase quality of services, offer specialty certifications and create more career opportunities for personal care assistants, home health aides and certified nursing assistants in Pennsylvania.

“As demand increases for essential services provided by direct care workers, their safety and the quality of care they provide must be maintained,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. “Nearly 90 percent of direct care worker jobs are filled by women who receive limited health benefits and earn relatively low wages. These grants not only benefit our lived ones in long-term care facilities like nursing homes and receiving care at home, but also the workers who care for them.”

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