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Care-All Home Health Agency Informative - Lack Of Responsibility By Care-All Home Health In Nashville TN

Review by overwhelmed on 2008-02-21
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE -- I am a nurses assistant working in the home health field. It has been a very cold slap in the face to find this past week that Care-all inc. Nashville Tn. has decided to revoke overtime pay for home health nurses. It is already enough of a burden to be told what we do is not worthy of raises, sick pay, time off with pay, or medical insurance let alone constant cuts in wages without warning, cut hours and so on. My complaint is in hopes of generating interest in this matter and in doing so protecting the patients we care for as well our own family's. Companies like Care-all are taking advantage of the companionship exemption (29 C.F.R. ยง522.109(a)) and it puts nurses in the position of having to work far too many hours to make ends meet. In states of exhaustion it impossible to give proper care, intentional or not. It also puts patients at risk for under skilled care providers who simply need a paycheck rather than a professional CNA or HHA who has dedicated their lives to the dignity our elderly population is entitled to. Our elderly have earned the right to have responsible care and the ability to remain at home.

The family's of the elderly have the right to trust that they are leaving the life of their loved ones in capable hands. Not someone so tired they can not think straight or follow procedures to protect the life they are entrusted with. I'm not sure how to change this or if I'm even writing the right place but I believe it can start with one person, one voice, one letter. Thank you for your time.
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-03-31
Posted by Principissa on 2008-02-21:
Are you a home health aide or a home health RN? If you are an RN and they are treating you like this, you can go to your local nurse's union, even though you are not a member and file a grievance against the company. If you are simply a home health aide, the only recourse you would have is to take this up with the department of labor or find a new job.
Posted by sunshine619 on 2008-02-21:
I would take Principissas advice. I do feel you though, I would want someone capable helping my grandparents. I hope things get better for you.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-02-21:
If it was indeed made out of the country, it must be marked or tagged as such with the country of origin.
Posted by thinker1 on 2008-03-30:
Just wanted to say that I have worked as a home health aide (I am not a CNA or RN, but am planning on attending nursing school). I have a PhD in Education and have taken care of both my elderly parents. I decided to change careers and go into nursing because I find it very rewarding helping others. Being a home health aide can be very rewarding. However, it is truly exhausting work for low pay. The most I made was $8.50 per hour. Aides are often expected to mop floors, dust, do laundry, etc. People who rely on this for full-time income are working themselves literally to death, and for NO benefits! Something really should be done about this. Aides provide a much-needed service. Because of the low pay and lack of benefits, the turnover is very high and aides sometimes just do not show up, or walk out on a client. This is unacceptable and unprofessional behavior.
Posted by overwhelmed on 2008-03-31:
You right thinker 1, and it is so disparaginig to see people who need quality care recieve poor treatment. I don't mind the work, love what I do. But it's so hard to have to work so many hours to make ends meet and never be able to miss a day or take a vacation. No health benifits, nothing.

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