Suggestions for improvement
- First thing I would do is get rid of the union and let health care workers negotiate their own contracts with the State Governor. If that one thing would happen, there is a great possibility that Home Care workers would be paid a living wage. Minimum wage is not a living wage. Next I would get some health/dental/vision insurance the Home Care workers could actually use. And not just one choice or nothing at all. Make the insurance companies compete for your money. With 100,000.+ employees, were talking a lot of money for the insurance companies. Also there needs to be some kind of helpful classes offered, like nutritional cooking for older people, or how to lift, dress, and care for someone who cannot walk, or dress themselves. There are a lot of Home Care workers in this field that could give a lot of insight from their experience on the job that would help others. But these classes or meetings need to be given in different areas through out the state. Not just one city, where the Home Care worker in order to attend would have to drive 50 miles just to go. They could even have online classes or demos. Wouldn't that be great!
What I like about the company
The most positive things that I can say about working at my job, is the gratification that you are making a difference in someone's quality of life. Without Home Care Workers doing what they do every day, 7 days a week, many many people would be in care facilities that they do not need to be in. Their lives would be cut short. For example, my client was given 5 years to live back in 2000. Were in 2018,! My client is doing great, and living a good quality of life. It's what I do everyday that enables my clients to live in their own home, instead of a nursing home. It's not an easy job to do, and there is not too many that can do this type of work. But at the end of the day before my head hits the pillow, I say my prayers and thank the Lord for giving me the ability to make a difference in someone else's quality of life.
What I dislike about the company
The only real parts of the job that I disapprove of, is the amount of pay. Home Care workers are the lowest paid workers in this industry. Anytime that the state Governor needs to cut funds, it's always cut at the expense of the Home Care workers. I have worked for this company for many years, and it is the lowest paying job I have ever had. There is a Union that will take your monthly dues out of your paycheck every month, and do nothing for you in return. Which is why Home Care workers are still on the lowest pay scale. But, I really don't care about the low pay. Sure it would be nice to be able to have a better life, which a better paying job could provide. And it's not easy trying to survive month to month, and praying an emergency like a major car repair does not happen. But I am dedicated to my client. I am not going to let my client end up in a care facility where I know my client will not be taken care of as good as I can provide. I guess that's why most people say that Home Care workers are an amazing quality of people. One day in the not so far away future, the Governor of the state that always cuts our hours and our wages because of budget cuts he claims, will one day be needing a Home Care worker to help in his old age, to be able to remain in his own home and live a good quality of life. Then he will remember all the cuts and realize how hard he made it for the ones who truly want to do this type of job, and be able to give someone unselfishly a better quality of life. Although, by then, he may neither remember, or care enough about Home Care workers to realize he should have done something better to give Home Care workers a better quality of life!