Monday, March 31, 2008
A story by Natalie Musseau, taken from The Gulf News about the Home Care crisis in our area.
Hardy fears looming home care worker shortage
Low pay, high demand
The Gulf News
Tears roll down Goldie Hardy's face as she pauses to find a voice for her fears.
She's scared that she will be forced to give up caring for two autistic men she considers part of her family because of the low wages given to home care workers.
Two of the four workers that help the Port aux Basques resident have told her they are looking elsewhere for work. Mrs. Hardy says that's because they simply can't make enough to live on the wage they are earning - under $9 per hour.
Her workers, like many others, are funded by the provincial Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.
"It's not all about the money," said Mrs. Hardy, adding that all of her workers would have left for high-paying jobs on the mainland years ago if that was the case. More on the story ..Click here.