The shortage of direct care workers will continue to influence the quality of care that the elderly population will receive. With the projected increase of worker shortages there will be not enough direct care workers to take care of the growing elderly population. With the baby boomer population's need for long term care, the need for qualified staff is also growing. Staff training development and consistent staffing, along with employee friendly benefits and policies will be needed to recruit and retain employees. The growing aging population, along with the increase in demand for quality care drives a need to find a solution to the staffing challenges in long term care. This study uses a mixed method of survey questions and a follow up interview. The findings show that direct care long term workers value consistent staffing, consistent residents and policy and benefits are the largest influential factor in retaining employment in their field.


Don Ebel

First Committee Member

Judith Luebke

Second Committee Member

Keith Luebke

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Aging Studies


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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