Daily Archives September 11, 2012

Life, In Circles

Many years ago now, I worked for a home health care agency back in Odessa. That agency was tasked with the contract with the Department of Health and Human Services, Division on Aging and Disability, to run the “provider program’. This program assisted people who were elderly or disabled and needed assistance with household tasks, like vacuuming, preparing a meal, washing dishes, doing laundry, etc, but who didn’t have insurance or other financial means to buy or utilize these things themselves.

The people who worked this program, the actual employees, didn’t even get paid minimum wage–no, seriously. Minimum wage was 5.25 and these folks–mostly women–were paid $4.85. It was government work, so somehow it was justifiable. No one worked full-time. No one received benefits. The only training they received is what little I myself, as the manager of the program, was able to provide them. The only equipment they received was a lifting belt, in case they needed to assist their client by lifting them unto bed, a couch, the toilet or the bath. The only requirement for the job: a high school diploma and successful completion of a basic criminal background check. Random drug testing was stated that it would be done, but it never was. Too expensive and the program couldn’t afford it.

Now, I want you to think for a moment: The weak...

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