On Thursday, people with disabilities came together at the Wisconsin capital to address the caregiver crisis.
Caregiver shortage is nothing new, and it’s not just in Wisconsin. It’s a national problem that state legislators have not addressed.
Being a caregiver can be very rewarding, and it can be one of the most challenging jobs in the workforce.
Caregivers get paid less than fast food workers. Caregiving agencies only pay at least $10 an hour. That’s not even the minimum salary.
Because of the caregiver shortage, families must fill the void of not having a caregiver. That puts families in a difficult position. With inflation people have to keep working to maintain.
There needs to be innovative legislation. Increase the wage from $10 an hour to $15 an hour. It can’t stop there, though. That number should increase by $1 annually.
They should also have full medical benefits
Being a caregiver is very similar to being a certified nurse’s assistant. However, not every case is the same; not every disability is the same. But that’s what makes the job so tricky. Caregivers are asked to do a lot. Family members who are caregivers are being asked to do a lot.
Another issue why this topic is so important is for people with disabilities that live on their own. Without caregivers to assist with daily living activities, being independent becomes increasingly challenging.
We need a change. Hopefully, it will come sooner rather than later.
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