Direct Care Workers United for Change
Millions of Americans rely on direct care workers (home care aides, personal care attendants, personal assistants, nursing assistants, direct support professionals and others) for help with essentials like getting out of bed, getting dressed, and getting to work or to church--not to mention sensitive medical tasks. But low wages, poor benefits, insufficient training, and a lack of respect contribute to sky-high turnover rates. Direct Care Alliance is working to remove these barriers.
Direct Care Alliance is the national advocacy voice of direct care workers in long-term care. We empower workers to speak out for better wages, benefits, training, and working conditions, so more people can commit to direct care as a career. We also convene powerful allies nationwide to build consensus for change.
President Obama announces a rule to grant home care workers basic labor protections, flanked by DCA's Tracy Dudzinski
The Fight for Change
Fight for your passion, your job, your future.
- Join the movement
- Find out how you can help win basic labor protections for home care workers
- Read our 2013 Congressional Agenda
- Learn about our National Day of Action on Sept. 21, 2012 and hear from direct care workers who participated.
- Attend a Caring Across Generations Care Congress in a city near you
- Tell your representatives to preserve Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security
Learn about more ways to take action
Direct Care Voices
Why All My Fellow Home Care Workers Deserve Overtime PayI’m a direct care worker at Graham Behavioral Services in Augusta, Maine, providing in-home support for adults ... Read more »
Advocating for Medicaid Expansion Under Health Care ReformHundreds of thousands of direct care workers have no health insurance because they cannot afford pricey premiums ... Read more »
Educating My Legislature About CNA Staffing RatiosRead Helen’s testimony. One of the good things about doing advocacy work is that it gets easier ... Read more »
Direct from the Headlines
- The New York Times on why the President must enact the home care rule
- DCA's David Ward on investing in direct care jobs to strengthen our economy
- The Huffington Post on the need to grant home care workers minimum wage and overtime pay
- NPR on home health aides: In Demand, Yet Paid Little
- Immigrants key to looming home health aide shortage, says NPR
- DCA's David Ward on closing the circle of care for our veterans
- DCA's Helen Hanson's Bangor Daily News op-ed on why we need the rule
- Home care franchises fighting the rule are protecting healthy profits, says USA Today