There are more than 18 million health care workers in the United States; 80% of them are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While women make up the vast majority of home health care workers, they are a minority in the C-Suite. Only 40% of the industry’s key decision-makers are female.
Homecare is a tough space to succeed in, and while org charts may not reflect it, this industry is loaded with strong, determined women doing incredibly meaningful work — they simply do not get the recognition they deserve!
Here at HHAeXchange, we would like to take one small step towards changing that. ‘Extraordinary Women in Homecare’ is a series of feature articles designed to celebrate women who bring strength, passion, and creativity to their roles in the home care industry.
We recently spoke with Tina Seidel, Compliance & Policy Director at United Disabilities Services Foundation (UDSF). For more than 55 years, UDSF, a non-profit organization based in Lancaster, PA, has helped the aging, veterans, and people with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes. In this article, Tina shares her advice for providers just getting started in self-direction, the biggest misconception about participant-directed services, and what she wishes her younger self knew.