it’s as frustrating for care workers as it is for family members

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The state of our elder care health system (worldwide!) is atrocious. And many care workers within it are as neglected and abused as the people they are supposed to be taking care of. After former care worker Heather Reece read bullied and banned: rachel’s story, she wrote:

“Having been a carer of people with dementia, [I can tell you] it’s as frustrating for the carers as it is for the family. Understaffing is the biggest issue; the amount of people you are expected to assist to wash and dress per carer is ridiculous. It’s like a factory conveyor belt, and it shouldn’t be like that. You’re not given the time to let “Margaret” or whoever brush her own hair even though she’s more than capable of doing it but it takes her 20 mins! You’re not given 20 mins to assist to wash and dress one person let alone to help Margaret just brush her hair. It’s sad and wrong that you’re classed as not pulling your weight as a carer if you do your job properly.”

You said it Heather Reece! We need more trained, qualified and compassionate care workers who have more time to do their job properly instead of being rushed because the ratio of residents to workers is completely out of whack.

#FightTheGoodFight #WeCanCareBetter

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1 Comment

  1. It’s astonishing, isn’t it, that everyone sees the problem clearly and yet no one is empowered to effect change? I’m sitting with my mother while she naps, because she is too distressed to fall asleep if there is no one nearby. How could I possibly have any faith in a system that is so broken? After three years of me following the news and hoping for change, nothing has happened. Discouraged.

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