Home Care Cooperative Podcasts

Wisconsin Public Radio Interview: Cooperative Program Aims To Boost Quality Of Home Care


Wisconsin is part of a nationwide effort to boost working conditions for home care workers under a cooperative model–and provide better and more consistent care for seniors and others.


Anne Reynolds, Executive director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Tracy Dudzinski, HR Coordinator for Cooperative Care in Wautoma


Original Recording: www.wpr.org/cooperative-program…t-quality-home-care

A series of educational podcasts on homecare cooperatives was developed in October 2016 by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives in collaboration with the Cooperative Development Foundation and through a generous grant from the USDA Rural Development. The podcasts addresscommon issues shared by homecare cooperatives and can be particularly useful for new cooperative members or for individuals interested in starting a homecare co-op. The more established cooperatives and cooperative developers can also benefit from these podcasts. Many thanks to Margaret Bau from USDA Rural Development, Kippi Waters from Peninsula Homecare Cooperative, Tracy Dudzinski, Debra Schultz and Sharon Becker from Cooperative Care for sharing their expertise and passion about homecare co-ops.

Podcast 1: Meaning of Cooperative Membership in Homecare Cooperatives

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Objective: listeners will be able to understand what a cooperative is and how they can benefit from it as members-owners.

Questions addressed:

  • What is a cooperative?
  • Homecare cooperatives – how are they different from an agency?
  • Who can be a member of a co-op?
  • Are there any benefits of being a member?
  • What is the process for becoming a member?
  • Do members have any responsibilities?

Podcast 2: Staff Recruitment and Retention in Homecare Cooperatives

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Objective: listeners will learn about strategies for staff recruitment and retention in homecare cooperatives.

Questions addressed:

  • What staff recruitment issues are faced by homecare co-ops?
  • Are there any successful recruitment strategies?
  • Why caregivers choose to work at a homecare co-ops?
  • How should the hiring process be conducted?
  • Who makes the hiring decisions in a co-op?
  • How can a co-op retain good staff?

Podcast 3: Cooperative Governance and Board Decision-Making in Homecare Cooperatives

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Objective: listeners will learn about effective governance and decision-making in a homecare cooperative.

Questions addressed:

  • What is governance in a homecare co-op?
  • What roles play the members, board, and management?
  • Who can serve on the board?
  • What are the board responsibilities?
  • What does it mean to be a cooperative board member?
  • Why manager and board evaluations are important?
  • What are some potential conflicts of interest?
  • How do boards prepare for board meetings?