Home Care Co-op Development

Home Care Co-op Development

The Cooperative Development Foundation will host a Home Care Worker Cooperative Conference in the Twin Cities in the fall of 2016. The two-day conference will bring together home care worker cooperative members, managers, technical assistance providers and steering committees to discuss the economics of home care, organizing, expansion, collaboration and best practices.

While key to keeping seniors and the disabled out of nursing homes and hospitals, home care providers are some of the lowest paid workers in the United States. The cooperative model empowers workers and enhances their working conditions. The goal of this conference is to help existing and nascent cooperatives think in terms of systems and collaborations that can improve wages and job satisfaction as well as client care.

To assure that the conference meets the needs of its audience, CDF is encouraging anyone interested in the subject to complete a brief, six-question survey. The results of this survey will determine the date and content of the conference.

In addition to providing important networking opportunities, conference topics will include

• Economies of scale through collaboration and joint services
• Growth opportunities: markets and models
• Increasing revenue through new services
• The economics of the home care industry 
• Communicating the benefits of cooperative membership 

Additional information is coming soon to the 
CDF website. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the conference or CDF’s home care cooperative work, contact Leslie Mead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (202) 383-5456. 

CDF has supported research and development of home care cooperatives for more than a decade through the MSC Fund and USDA Rural Cooperative Development and Socially Disadvantage Group Grants.

In 2015, CDF provided support to:

• start home care cooperatives in New Mexico and Port Townsend, WA
• develop human resource training materials for worker cooperatives,
• host a cooperative conversion roundtable,
• host the Cooperative Issue Forum on cooperative replication models,
• conduct a survey of senior residents in the Adams–Columbia Rural Electric Cooperative service area with the intent of assessing the area for possible expansion of a home care cooperative,
• develop a sample pro forma for groups considering launching a worker-owned home care cooperative,
• develop a standardized chart of accounts for home care cooperatives, and
• review best practices in data collecting and reporting in the home care industry.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.

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