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