The Global Caregiver Manifesto

This Manifesto was written by a caregiver, for caregivers, about caregivers, based in San Francisco, CA and around the world.

If this conversation interests you, then I invite you to join me in an open, honest dialogue about the future of Home Health Care delivery in the United States and globally.

Come share your stories good, bad, or indifferent. Let’s create a vibrant online community so we can affect change both for the caregiver and for the people they serve.

I salute every dedicated hard-working caregiver, male or female, from every part of the world. If you are a caregiver in the United States, I welcome you to our caregiver seminars.

Many people providing care to an elderly, disabled, or terminally ill individual feel as though they don’t have a name. However, not recognizing you are carrying out a pivotal caring role can be a barrier to accessing vital support from family, friends, and community health services.

I believe that the United States and other developed nations, including nations that aren’t as wealthy as most of the western world, should begin to value, respect, support, and care for caregivers.

What is the definition of a caregiver?
Caregivers show up in a variety of ways and their educational level could vary.

Most caregivers are likely to be trained nurses, particularly those who are retired, patient care technicians, or certified nursing assistants. With the Alzheimer’s epidemic, training facilities have sprung up where everyone has become an expert — except the caregiver herself/himself, who spends 12 hours a day or more with the client.

Other caregivers include:
Family caregivers
Assisted Living caregivers
Nursing Home caregivers
County caregivers (sometimes known as IHSS)

My definition is…
A caregiver is someone who provides excellent in home care to persons desiring to live a full, independent, and dignified life in the comfort of their home.

As a caregiver, I have trained and educated caregivers because I am passionate about the work and value that caregivers provide daily without benefits many other professions enjoy such as:
1. Financial Security
2. Services that are there when they need them (eg. child-care)
3. FMLA
4. Access to Mental Health Services when they’re overworked and overwhelmed, whether it’s because of a family crisis or financial burdens due to poor salaries.
5. A cohesive healthcare system that supports them on an ongoing basis whether through training or education. The United States alone have more than 4 million unpaid caregivers which are known as family caregivers. They provide the majority of care for their families. This creates an unending financial burden and a toll on the mental and emotional health of these Caregivers.

Caregivers need rights in the workplace and
reliable, affordable quality health care services for themselves and their families.

Caregivers need competitive pay for the work they provide.

Private caregiving agencies and county caregiving agencies tend to focus on the business/profit rather than the wellbeing of the caregiver. Every state in this country should have stricter monitoring tools to oversee caregiving agencies so they are held accountable for the best practices, up to date training, and ongoing education for their caregivers.

This must address a strict code of ethics to include proper attire, good interpersonal and communication skills and technical training as well.

How can we provide adequate support to good quality, highly trained, and highly-skilled caregivers?
As most people are in recovery and recuperation, whether it’s from a hospitalization or coming out of a nursing home, caregivers are the ones that are depended upon to provide the burden of care in the home.

It’s not rocket science to know that the best care starts at home and we need to have the best people to provide that care. Caregivers need emotional support without putting their lives and health on hold.

Being a caregiver is sometimes equal to being an unpaid nurse. He or she sometimes has to be a psychologist, psychiatrist, cook, cleaner, and sometimes gardener all in one!

It is well-documented that some caregivers have been taken advantage of by the system. Full-time caregivers are more likely to be in bad health than non-caregivers despite the contributions caregivers make to society. They continue to struggle for recognition, respect, and support from other healthcare professionals.

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