Over half of Missouri caregivers for the developmentally disabled will quit this year

Rebecca Crockett
August 14, 2019 - 4:00 am

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Kansas City, MO - The problem is not just in the Midwest, as the aging population grows, the struggle to hire and keep personal care providers does too. Over a decade ago, officials warned of the problem, and now with a 54% turnover rate, it's being called an epidemic. 

Sarah Mudd, President and CEO of the Center for Developmentally Disabled says it's not just about low pay for a demanding job, but it's also about the liability that comes with the job.

"If something goes wrong, or if someone dies, there's a lot of scrutiny. And rightly so, they should be scrutinized, the oversight should be there to protect people, but it also makes the direct care staff stressed," explains Mudd. 

Care providers are, on average, receiving $10 to $12 dollars an hour, and that's to provide skilled medical care, along with providing all the daily needs such as cooking, cleaning, and providing emotional support. Mudd says the reason why people take the job is because they like to care for people, and to see them thrive and grow. 

Mudd says last year the Missouri Legislature added 20 million of the 74.8 million requested to fix the system. She says they need more money and the need the direct care position to be classified. 

She says consistent care is critical, and constant change has a physical and emotional impact on those receiving care.

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