Every day, care workers are engaged in eight to ten hour shifts working with people who need help. I’m not sure what it’s like in other nations, but in UK they are some of the lowest paid workers despite the exacting nature of their jobs.
When training care workers, one of the first things they’re told is that they should not consider entering the vocation unless they have a genuine love for helping people with disabilities. Simply doing the job for a wage will lead, eventually, to stress, burn-out or costly mistakes.
If you don’t like people, or hate getting your hands dirty this is not the place for you. Thankfully, countless numbers of willing workers enter the industry and give their lives to looking after people who need the assistance of others to get through, what for most of us would be, some of the seemingly mundane human tasks.
With a growing population of elderly arriving on our doorstep, the care industry has to look at ways of better looking after care workers as well as care users. The priority will always be the welfare of the client, of course, but a well looked after worker is more likely to produce better results and a higher level of care than a care professional who overworked, underpaid and feeling stress.
But they are amongst the unsung heroes of the community. They deal with things most people couldn’t face on a day to day basis. It’s a sad truth that many elderly people suffering from debilitating mental or physical ailments would be almost helpless of it weren’t for the care workers who work with or visit them every day for the rest of their lives.
End of Days
I hope everyone who goes to be with the Lord goes in full age, full strength and with full sight, as Moses did, but, for many, getting older will mean frailty, ailments, dementia or disability, and a proportion will need care.
I don’t think we should see elderly people who have given their attention, time and skills to building our nation, nurturing their family, creating community should be seen as a burden, but should be allowed the greatest amount of dignity in their latter years as we can afford them.
Those who, for various reasons, have never been able to contribute because of infirmity should also be given the utmost respect and encouragement to live the best life they can.
For this reason, I think we should herald care and hospital workers, encourage them in their vocation, and show appreciation for the great work they do.
They should be amongst the highest paid of workers. I’m sure God will see their works and applaud and even reward them on the Great Day of his assessment of the world.