It's the most dangerous job in healthcare.
I know this, because a few years ago I left my executive job to learn about the care my mother got and the women who provided it. I became a care worker.
I wanted to know: Why was her care so uneven? And, Should I have known more than I did when she was sick? And, Who will take care of me when I need it? Seventy million aging baby boomers are facing a shortage of care. One reason may be that we—care workers, not baby boomers—suffer the highest rate of workplace violence in the U.S.
I wanted to know: Why is that?
And I wanted to know: Why couldn't I provide care then, and do I have it in me to do it now? And, finally: What are they talking about when they talk about love? Because nursing homes and homecare agencies always talk about love--at the very same time that their care is lacking.
Someone to Watch over Us is a memoir of caring on the clock—of Holocaust survivors and aging leftists; of Filipino networks, dauntless refugees, and accidental caregivers; of Mozart, joy, shame, poverty, largesse, and the future we face together.