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Direct Services Providers (DSP) are an essential workforce for a range of supports and services. Direct services include non-clinical help with activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), such as personal care assistance, homemaker assistance, and assisted transportation. Direct services may also include home health services involving clinically based care that may encompass skilled nursing care, rehabilitation (physical and occupational therapy), home health aide services, and some medical supplies, equipment, and appliances. COVID-19 has highlighted the critical role the direct services workforce plays in supporting the health, well-being and resilience of their clients—and the broader health system.
1 Estimate based combining personal care aides, home health aides, and nursing assistants from American Community Survey (2019)2 Estimate from AARP/National Alliance for Caregivers see Caregiving in the United States 2020 (May 14, 2020);
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