Do you know people with disabilities or older adults who are having difficulty finding and keeping direct care workers or service providers?
Idaho’s direct care workforce is in crisis. The pandemic, along with increasing wages in many industries, is pulling direct care workers away from their underpaid positions for higher paying jobs with benefits. This shift means that people with disabilities and older adults who live independently in the community with supports are at risk of being institutionalized. For individuals currently in an institution, the lack of direct care workers means they are unable to return to their own homes and communities to live independently.
It is critical that voices of people with disabilities and older adults are heard!
We are collecting the stories of people who are experiencing barriers to community-based services, such as finding direct care workers. These stories will be summarized and shared with Legislators, Idaho State Agency Staff, and the media to raise awareness of the workforce crisis. The questionnaire is available by clicking on the link below, or by contacting or referring someone to the project coordinator. The project coordinator will help people complete the questionnaire over the phone.
Click here to complete the barriers to service questionnaire. A Spanish version is also available here.
Barriers to Services Project Coordinator:
LINC is a Center for Independent Living based in Boise, Idaho. While LINC serves Southwest and Southern Idaho, this project will take referrals from all over the state. We use the term, “Direct Care Worker”, to refer to direct support providers, in-home support workers, or personal assistants/attendants who work directly with people with disabilities and older adults to ensure that they have the supports needed to live, work, and enjoy life more independently in a community-based setting. Personal information collected by LINC is confidential and will not be shared without permission.