Homecare Workers Health and Safety
LOHP participated in a community-based participatory research project conducted in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Alameda County Public Authority for In-home Supportive Services, and the Service Employees United Long Term Care Workers Union. The project goals were to develop and evaluate interventions designed to improve the safety and health of homecare workers in Alameda County.
Project activities included:
- Focus groups with workers and recipients of homecare (consumers) to identify common hazards and possible solutions
- Field testing of our project materials conducted by a team of homecare workers and consumers
- Development of a handbook: “Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others: Practical Tips for Homecare Workers”
- A training workshop for homecare workers to help them use the handbook to improve their working conditions
Materials developed through this work were adapted in partnership with NIOSH, as part of a project to develop training curriculum and materials for homecare workers and their employees nationwide.