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I have been working at Senior & Disabled Services part-time (More than 8 years)
Working as a state homecare worker you are a member of the SEIU union which helps us to have medical, vision and dental benefits. Our pay is $10.20 per hour and that is usually better than most other starting wages with private homecare companies and it is difficult to maintain enough hours with them to have benefits. This work allows independence and if you are a personality type that is more content not having to deal with many personalities at once it is a great fit. There is currently an accrued vacation pay.
In order to work full time it is Usually necessary to work for more than one client. Piecing together client hours with your schedule can sometimes be difficult. Compared to private care companies many of the clients are low income and you must be able to deal with their difficult decisions on how to handle their finances and their disabilities. You must be able to deal with grief and loss as many clients are in need of services because they have an illness and they are in the final stages of life.
Advice to Management
Continue to give the accrued vacation pay. Many caregivers are the only source of companionship or help our clients have, as you know. We do need relief from our work and it is very difficult for our clients to find fill in workers for our time off. As workers we network with each other and sometimes we are able to help this situation but you can not send someone cold turkey to take your place very easily. If a process could be more critiqued to help this situation it would be great.
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