It is not the job that is problematic but how it is organized and kept under the radar.
I think what really bothers me as a carer who is put into a position of great responsibility of deeply vulnerable people is that the care company that swears to be caring does not actually care much for its employees. There are differences. Some companies are bound by law and see no humanity beyond the letters of the law, some are more flexible saying that their caring is put where the client’s needs are. Neither of them, however, considers the carer’s humanity.
Carers are not machines. I understand that most carers are not particularly intelligent or well-educated humans who often have not much common sense either. It does not mean however that they can be treated like slaves. Care companies claim that carers do not actually work more than 5-8 hours a day. Officially, however, one is considered working as long as one is at his/her workplace. Since, live-in carers are at their workplace 24/7 weeks on end, with a two-hour break when they can actually leave their workplace, I cannot accept the companies positions.
Apart from the minimum hourly wage which only covers approximately fifteen hours a day of work, this profession is not considered a profession at all. There is no proper education to have or a degree/certificate to gain like nurses do. This profession is considered lower than a cleaner’s and often paid less. The cleaning lady who works for one of my clients earn 15 GBP/hr. I earn 5.75 GBP/hr.
Basically anyone with a clean DBS can be hired as a carer regardless of their inclination, attitude, level of compassion, or any understanding of human anatomy and psyche.
As an example; one of my clients had to have a new carer in for a few days. This carer worked for the same client for years who recently died. This client was an irregular eater and did not require proper food to be made. My client, and old gentleman however loves his food. Upon my return to my assignment with him, after having spent 3 days with this other carer, he told me that he was very hungry. It turned out that the carer had made him similar ‘uneatable’ food that he had basically starved on. Since he has dementia he cannot remember what or how often he eats, he could only recognize his hunger. All this goes unnoticed.