Home Health Aides Feel Like “Replaceable Parts”
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2018 5:47 PM
Home health aides provide key services to clients, yet, they feel their agencies do not appreciate them or their efforts. This was highlighted by a study that appeared in The Gerontologist.
“We know there’s a large emotional component to any type of care,” Emily Franzosa, lead author of the study and a former researcher at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, told Home Health Care News. “A lot of folks in our field say, ‘You can’t care without caring,’ but that’s often not reflected in training and compensation workers get.”
“An enormous part of the work that aides are doing is emotional, but they’re not trained or prepared to deliver that kind of care,” Franzosa said. “It’s not part of training, job descriptions or compensation, meaning aides are really figuring out how to do this work on their own.”
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