The Direct Care Worker Crisis

April 8, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under For Employers

Last modified April 8, 2020

The canonization of direct care workers is supposed to be high praise, but it’s really a reflection of how profoundly their work is misunderstood and devalued. It’s a deep disrespect cleverly disguising itself as an equally deep respect. And it begins with the notion that helping disabled people execute our daily bodily, domestic, and community functions is some of the dirtiest of dirty work. It’s like ministering to the untouchables—literally.

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