Individuals with disabilities, elders, and their family members particularly, find it challenging to recruit support outside their immediate network of contacts. As states continue to move to expand home and community-based services-specifically, services that are consumer-directed-the need for additional support for individuals increases. And, as both caregivers and people with disabilities age, the demand will grow to huge proportions. This is coming at a time when the potential available workforce is decreasing.
Rewarding Work Resources, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation, developed the Rewarding Work website which gives older people and individuals with disabilities the choice of hiring staff directly and allows them control of the process of hiring personal assistants. The site also provides private agencies a resource to assist in recruitment of direct support professionals and other staff.