Becoming a Home Care Worker: Job-Seekers’ Push and Pull Factors

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Abstract

This study examined “push and pull” factors associated with the decision to become home care workers among job-seekers in Israel. Participants completed measures of ageism, anxiety about aging, attitudes toward the home care profession, and personal relationship with older adults. Of 1,492 participants, 32.0% accepted the offer to become home care workers and were no longer in the job market, 36.7% accepted the offer but worked in the past, and 31.2% refused the offer. Compared to participants currently employed, the odds of being employed in the past were higher for participants who were younger, with poorer health and higher ageism; the odds of refusal were higher for males, Arabs, younger participants, with more education, lower ageism, and fewer personal relationship with older adults. The findings have implications for practice with job-seekers and for retaining current home care workers in the field. This may assist in expanding the home care workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-71
Number of pages10
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2020

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Keywords

  • Israel
  • explanatory factors
  • home care workers
  • job-seekers

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