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California has the largest number of older adults in the country, and it is projected an additional 275,000 direct care workers will be needed by 2026 to meet the growing population. Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs), Home Health Aides (HHAs) and Health Care Social Workers are a critical part of this workforce. In California, over 50% of CNAs work in nursing care facilities or community care facilities serving older adults. These positions play an essential role in these facilities and in home and community-based settings, often serving as the principal caregivers and having the most personal contact with residents than any other staff member or family member.

By providing training, wrap-around supports and possible incentives for career development for those entering or already in the field, The Gateway-In Project© will make significant headway in turning the tides on the ongoing workforce shortage crisis pervading the health care workforce that supports older adults across the state. Read the press release here.

LeadingAge California has received state funding to offer free training for these positions through the following grants:

About LeadingAge California

Founded in 1961, LeadingAge California is the state’s leading advocate for quality, non-profit senior living and care. The association’s advocacy, educational programs and public relations help its members best serve the needs of the state’s older adults. LeadingAge California represents nearly 800 non-profit providers of senior living and care, as well as business services providers, including:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Life Plan Communities
  • Assisted Living and Memory Care
  • Skilled Nursing
  • Home- and Community-Based Care services, including PACE, Adult Day Health Care, and Home Care