Helpers and the nursing industry as seen by people with disabilities (2 of the 4 chapters)

Real image of helper

Due to the extremely high job turnover rate in the nursing care industry, I have contacted dozens of helpers. The trends that have become apparent are listed below.

  • Very few people are willing to get a job in the care industry . At least I’ve never seen him/her. The reality is that people who have not succeeded in other jobs are passively choosing nursing jobs. There are rarely talented people, but such people will almost certainly move to other industries soon. This is not surprising given the harsh working conditions described below.
  • The ratio of educational background is approximately 10% for university graduates, 60% for high school graduates, and 30% for high school dropouts.
  • There are many former Yankees regardless of gender. For some reason, almost half of the men have music band experience. However, there are about 20% of Otaku, and it is very helpful because I can get along with them relatively easy. As for females, the number of single mothers is very large and almost half.
  • I feel that the proportion of people who are obsessed with emerging religions, law of attraction, and spirituality is significantly higher. However, there is nothing to complain about it because those people are more motivated and willing to do quality work voluntarily than those who are not.
  • Helpers also have a distinction between regular and non-regular (called “registered helpers”). Registered helpers are flexible in working time, so many people are doing helpers as a side business while doing monks, hosts, masseurs, etc. as their main business.
  • As far as helpers are concerned, generally, the younger one can be considered to be more capable if they have the same years of care experience . The reason for this is that he has strong physical strength, is quick to remember, has high communicative ability, and is relatively obedient with no strange pride. Those who join the company in the middle age can be divided into four types. ① Job change from other home care companies ② Job change from nursing facility staff ③ Having got fired from work unrelated to nursing care ④ Until now They have been pursuing my dreams with musicians and actors, or they were NEET persons. ① is relatively problem-free. In the type ②, the work speed is fast, but the care is rough, which causes pain. ③ and ④ are really difficult. They must start by learning the basics of nursing care because they have no nursing experience. However, since there are no nursing homes that can afford training period, they are almost immediately thrown into the field. Speaking of “On the Job Training”, it sounds good, but handicapped persons must endure the pain and become a practice table. Despite that, most of them quit before they became a labor force, leaving only a feeling of “what was the reason for putting up with that pain…”. Nobody benefits.

 Working environment for helpers

Those who have read up to this point may have the impression that helpers are awful. However, considering the harsh working environment of helpers, it is natural that decent people do not come in, and I cannot blame them. On the contrary, I think they work well under harsh conditions. I would like to list below what the working environment for helpers is.

  • If you can get a holiday once a week, you are wonderfully blessed. There are often 30 and 40 days of work in a row. Of course there is no concept of weekends and national holidays.
  • Anyway, There is never enough manpower, so it happens all the time to work from about 6:30 in the morning to about 11:00 in the evening. In the daytime, there is little demand for home care, so you may think that they can actually take a break even though it is working time. But recently, there is no such thing, and they were put in a shift of assistance at the group home for the disabled, which is being developed at the same time. In the end, after all this time, they work about 16 hours almost straight everyday.
  • Most home care companies can only receive a fixed amount of overtime work, even if they work for 16 hours every day(Fixed overtime payment). Many people dislike this and remain as registered helpers instead of becoming full-time employees.
  • Because of shortage of helpers, no matter how high the fever is, no matter how much they hurt own back, they have to enter the shift. This is because drilling holes in shifts directly leads to the danger of disabled people’s life.
  • Even if they are on leave, it is common to be awakened by sudden changes in time.
  • Looking at the monthly allowance in the early twenties, there are more care workers’ salaries than other occupations’. However, the difference from other occupations is that the raise is almost equal to zero . This is because the quality of nursing care is not reflected in the reward as described above, that is, skill improvement is not properly evaluated. Therefore, there is no career path. With this, they have no prospects for life planning and willingness to improve their ability. The country has a qualification as a care worker, but the presence or absence of that qualification has a very small effect on ability evaluation and salary assessment, and it does not function well as a system.

I’m sure you can understand why their job turnover rate is so high.

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"Techou" means "disability certificate" in Japanese.

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