The influential Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a new report (
"Major reforms to attract more care workers and retain them in the sector should be put in place quickly. Most long-term care careers are dead-end jobs with a high turnover and low pay and benefits....Upgrading the status of the long-term care workforce by improving pay and working conditions is key."
Governments will need to find a balance between offering access to good-quality care and making their systems financially sustainable.... Around 70% of long-term care users receive services at home, but spending in institutional care accounts for 62% of total spending. Respite care, encouraging part-time work and paying benefits to family carers can all be cost-effective policies, reducing demand for expensive institutional care.