I’ve come to the conclusion after two years of working as a health care assistant that I’m not sure it’s the root I want to go down any more. I’ve been giving it a lot of thought over the past couple of weeks and there are a lot of things that are starting to irk my soul so let me share a few things with you.
1. Poor pay
working in care isn’t for everybody which is understandable, but where is there not an incentive to increase the pay to health care assistants and support workers across the board. The minimum some of us are getting is 6:50 an hour, how can anyone even live on this?!! You have to really love being a care assistant because you can’t do it for the money which is non existent.
2. Over worked!!!!
Some of the hours I hear of fellow care assistants doing 60-70hrs a week with perhaps one day of. Let alone the damage working day in day out can do to your body even with the properly technique and training you will still have some form of wear and tear on your body especially your back.
3. Racism from residents
I understand some of the residents you work with have dementia and don’t have the capacity to know what there doing but some of them no full well. I didn’t go to work to be labelled a black devil, a bastard, or for comments to be made on where I come from because apparently my skin colour is proof I’m not English.
The assumption that I must be born in another country is a reality I have to face though not s nice one. Ever since I’ve started working as a health care assistant I’ve experienced more racism in a short period of time then over my 28yrs of life.
4. Agency staff are lazy
There is an assumption that all agency staff members are lazy and don’t want to work I don’t believe this to be true at all not all of us agency staff are lazy some of us work incredibly hard out jobs. It makes it difficult when you go to a nursing or care home and the main staff make it blatantly obvious that you’re not wanted and think you can’t hear them making comments about you, talk to your nurse because most likely she arranged the shifts I’m only here to work not make friends goodbye.
These are only a few issues I have to deal with but it’s starting to build up, and I literally can’t deal with care work any more. The passion I originally had for it is slowly waning away into nothingness making me question do I want to continue within this career is it even a career? Or is it just a job that doesn’t pay well but somebody has to do it. It’s time for me to reflect and regroup maybe writing is another angle hmm
keshia rose 2016 (c) ❤️💛💚