As the demographics of the United States shift toward a population that is made up of an increasing percentage of older adults and people with disabilities, the workforce that supports and enables these individuals is also shifting to meet the demands of this population. For many older adults and people with disabilities, their priorities include maximizing their independence, living in their own homes, and participating in their communities. In order to meet this population’s demands, the workforce is adapting by modifying its training, by determining how to coordinate among the range of different professionals who might play a role in supporting any one older adult or individual with disabilities, and by identifying the ways in which technology might be helpful.
To better understand how the increasing demand for supports and services will affect the nation’s workforce, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a public workshop in June 2016, in Washington, DC. Participants aimed to identify how the health care workforce can be strengthened to support both community living and community participation for adults with disabilities and older adults. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Workforce to Support Community Living and Participation for Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/23656.
|2 Characterizing the Users and Providers of Long-Term Services and Supports||7-24|
|3 Enabling Community Participation Through Workforce Training, Education, and Development||25-40|
|4 Perspectives on Coordination Across the Spectrum of Caregivers, Providers, Services, and Supports||41-56|
|5 Harnessing the Potential of Technology to Enable Community Living and Participation and Optimize Person-Centered Services||57-70|
|6 Facilitated Table Discussions||71-78|
|7 Closing Remarks||79-80|
|Appendix A: Workshop Agenda||83-90|
|Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Workshop Speakers and Moderators||91-100|
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