Can’t have it both ways on pay for home-care work­ers

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing “Court to weigh wage pro­tec­tions for home-care work­ers” (Mod­ern Health­care, May 4, p. 4), af­ter see­ing first­hand the work th­ese paid care­givers pro­vide, I can say that most of them pro­vide far more than “fel­low­ship and com­pan­ion­ship.” If home-care agen­cies are re­quired to pay over­time, th­ese costs will get passed along to the con­sumer. How­ever, con­sumers are also de­mand­ing and ex­pect­ing a higher de­gree of skill from th­ese care providers. We can’t have it both ways on this is­sue. Low wages with few benefits are not con­ducive to su­pe­rior care.

Amanda Lam­bert Geri­atric care manager

Salt Lake City

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