This is an important article, and the journalist has used a term in the tiele I’m almost sucared to use: The way we’ve outsourced care for our alleged “loved ones”, paying people as little as possible to do what we’re not prepared to do ourselves. We are meant to love those in our care. We are meant to care for those in our care. So what is going wrong?
In the article, it says:
“Some people won’t like reading this, but for years when various scandals have erupted in aged-care facilities and people have complained about how badly their Nan/Pops/Mum has been treated, there’s been a nagging, uncharitable thought at the back of my mind:
Looking after your relative was too hard, too demanding, too difficult, maybe impossible, so you outsourced the job to strangers mostly employed on the minimum wage or close to it and are outraged when the service isn’t good.”
The article closes by saying, “Most of us – in much easier and much better-paid jobs – want care cheaply outsourced and don’t especially want to know, until a pandemic forces it on us.”
So let’s all think about this very carefully, and then ourselves what’s going wrong. I hope to write more about this soon.