Inaugural Home Care Cooperative Conference highlights emerging power of cooperative caregivers
More than 60 members and developers from across the U.S. representing eight of the country’s nine established home care cooperatives met in Dulles, Virginia, last week for the inaugural Home Care Cooperative Conference, organized by the Cooperative Development Foundation and hosted at the headquarters of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.
With a strong focus on education, the conference outlined how the emerging home care cooperative sector can become employers of choice by bolstering their recruitment, retention and training strategies. Conference presenters also addressed marketing to caregivers and clients, human resources and governance and finance. And, in an industry that can often be isolating, the conference was a unique opportunity for caregivers to network and collaborate with like-minded cooperators—sharing the resources, ideas and insights the sector needs to grow.