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Nominations sought for Pennsylvania’s 2019 Direct Care Worker of the Year Award

This article was originally published by Pennsylvania Department of Aging on Jan. 11, 2019, in its Friday Wrap-Up email newsletter.

All subcontractors of the Area Agency on Aging or medical assistance enrolled Aging Waiver providers, including the consumer directed model, that provide home and community-based services are invited to nominate direct care workers who are paid and providing care and support to individuals age 60 and older in the individual’s home. Direct care workers that work in facilities such as Adult Day Care Centers, Domiciliary Care Homes, Personal Care Homes, Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living Facilities are excluded from being nominated for the award.

In consultation with our partners, PA Homecare Association (PHA), member agencies are also included in the pool of agencies eligible to submit nominations. PHA member agencies may also submit up to two nominations by 4:30 PM on January 25, 2019. Private pay consumers can nominate their workers through the applicable PHA member agency.

The Direct Care Worker of the Year Award was established to:

  • Recognize the outstanding work of home care aides who bring care home to thousands of older Pennsylvanians every day so that they can remain in their homes
  • Demonstrate the Commonwealth’s commitment to elevating the profession of direct care workers
  • Spotlight the value and rewards of serving as a professional caregiver

A Selection Committee will review the nominations and select a statewide winner. All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition from the Secretary of Aging and be invited to attend the 2019 Direct Care Worker Forum to be held in Harrisburg on March 27, 2019, which will feature a half-day training program and will end with the announcement of the Direct Care Worker of the Year. All nominees attending the forum will receive a stipend, which will be supported by PHA. PHA will be awarding $1,000 directly to the winner.

By coordinating this statewide recognition and training program, the commonwealth is further demonstrating its commitment to professional caregivers who are instrumental in helping older Pennsylvanians age in place with dignity, respect, and independence. Please take advantage of this opportunity to support the direct care worker profession and demonstrate our gratitude to all direct care workers for the care and support they provide to older Pennsylvanians every day. If you have questions, please contact us at or 717-772-1221.

The nomination form can be accessed by clicking here.