Direct Care Professionals and Those in Need of Care Deserve Better by Colleen Beard, CareSpotlight
Direct Care Professionals are not being paid well enogh for the care they provide and it is a national crisis. This is not only a problem for the DSP's, but a huge problem for the care provider agencies, and of course, the residents/patients and their families.
Care facilities, and even home healthcare companies, that provide care for some of our most in-need, at-risk and vulnerable citizens are struggling to hire and retain employees due to low pay (often only minimum wage). And, this care crisis has resulted in neglect, abuse and even death.
Whether working in a nursing home, group home, or even a client's home, DSP's should be able to (at the very least) make ends meet and support their families. However, that is rarely the case.
Please watch this video - "The Cost of Compassion" - that illustrates well the issue at hand. While this video focuses on DSP's working with individuals with developmental disabilities, anyone who requires care is affected by this national crisis - especially those living in long-term care facilities.