Home care aides (HCAs) provide housekeeping and personal care services to help older clients remain in the community. However, little is known about the health of HCAs, who themselves constitute an underserved population. The goal of this study was to investigate how HCAs' work and life contexts manifest themselves in HCAs' health as perceived by HCAs. Six focus groups were conducted with HCAs (N=45). Analysis revealed how HCAs' work-and life-related stress accumulated over time and affected HCAs' health and interaction with their older clients. Home care aides were interested in personal health promotion and client well-being. Home care aides may constitute an underused resource for the care of older adults with disabilities. Information about intricately intertwined work and life contexts should inform policymakers and home care providers in their efforts to improve the quality of publicly funded home care services.


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