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Support worker’s emotional Facebook post calling on the government to support the elderly and her profession goes viral

Author: Educare Staffing | Posted: 16th January 2017 | Category: General News


A care worker probably didn’t anticipate the response she received after sharing a Facebook post in which she described her overwhelming workload, responsibilities and the frustration of time pressures she faced trying to look after dozens of elderly people in a single shift.

Carer Jessica Gentry, 33, from Bury, took to social media after finishing a busy shift battling through snowy weather on Friday to make home visits to elderly and vulnerable people, reports the MEN.

It sparked a huge response and quickly went viral, with more than 400,000 reactions, 150,000 shares and hundreds of comments in support.

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She posted:

“So tonight I stayed with a man waiting for an ambulance to come suspected stroke, helped a lady down some stairs she should not have been near, gave about 15 lots of medication, helped a man being sick and supported his wife to make it easier for her, made about 25 cups of tea, 14 slices of toast, locked 17 doors, shut about 50 lots of curtains checked heating would come on through the night so they were not cold, reassured patients with dementia for the f****** s*** 20 minutes we get.

“Spoke to 17 elderly people most alone and yearn for human contact and conversation and all while driving around skidding in the white stuff looking after YOUR family’s and they call us JUST carers.

“Come on Theresa May surely we should be on more money than minimum wage, only a sister in a ward can give medication but because of money u will allow carers to give medication who have an average of 4 hours training …. the list goes on. Respect our oldies. Peace.”

Speaking to the MEN, Jessica, who has been a carer for more than three years, said: “There are thousands of people all over-worked, but we love our job and we care about the people we work for.

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