Massachusetts Senior Care Association Campaign For Living Wage For Nursing Aides

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The Massachusetts Senior Care Association is launching a campaign to help nursing home care givers an hourly wage of $15 per hour.

The campaign is called “Quality Jobs for Quality Care” and calls for direct investment into the workforce that caters to senior care and long term care to seniors.

The three elements of the plan ask for a living wage for certified nursing aides and direct care workers, support of worker retention and establishing a Certified Nursing Aide Scholarship program.

To fund this program MSCA is asking legislators to use $90 million in nursing home fees to go to LTC employees as opposed to non-nursing home health programs.  They want to distribute $85 millions towards wages and $5 million towards training programs.

The staff in our skilled nursing facilities work hard to provide excellent, professional care for more than 120,000 elders and individuals with disabilities who rely on their services, yet many make some of the lowest ages in the state.  We are calling on state leaders to invest in our workforce.
~ Abraham Morse, Massachusetts Senior Care Association President

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