A Desire for Connectivity:Direct care workers crave connection and are often disconnected from the companies they serve, often with transactional relationships with employers. This detachment influences the sector's high turnover rate.
Challenges of Familial Involvement: Homecare workers express the complexities and challenges of managing expectations and relationships with patient family members, from misunderstandings to ensuring a safe care environment.
Racial Disparities: Care workers reveal the unfortunate and prevalent experiences of racial discrimination in their roles.
The Call to Serve: Many tie their dedication to care to spiritual motivations, viewing their roles as both a profession and a calling.
Economic Hardships: Low compensation forces numerous care workers to juggle multiple jobs, often outside their primary profession, to sustain themselves financially.
The Wisdom of Older Generations:Senior caregivers bring a distinct perspective and set of skills to the home care environment.
“This study allows us a profound opportunity," added NAHC President Bill Dombi. "By genuinely listening to direct care workers, we can better comprehend their aspirations, challenges, and ethos. Such understanding is vital as we strive to recruit and retain the compassionate and competent workforce that our aging and disabled citizens rightfully deserve.”
This is an article excerpt from HomeCare Magazine. Access the full article here.
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