Sometimes I feel that the people in the higher positions in these in-home care agencies take advantage of most in home caregivers by giving them low wages, because they view them as an uneducated class of people. Most of the people in this field are working class mothers who are struggling to make ends meet. Most of these women are single mothers who only have a high school diploma or GED, so the job prospects are slim pickings. These caregivers should be elevated not degraded. I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for. We do ask these caregivers to do a lot of things most people would not do.
I want to talk about getting too close to your caregivers. I use pca services, so I understand how difficult it can be to stay within professional boundaries. We are very exposed and not just because of our naked bodies; caregivers get to see things in our lives are private for most people. People with disabilities spend a lot of time with their caregiver, so it becomes easier to share things in confidence. The unfortunate truth is most caregivers gossip about their clients to other people. I feel whenever I tried to be client and friend my care suffered. Our first responsibility is to ourselves and our care. We all got to remember that they are being paid to take care of us, not to be our friends.
If you are looking to make friends, try getting involved in community activities.