Rural nursing homes’ livelihood may depend on non-existent staff
For much of her working life, Candace Carey had been a caregiver to her own children while juggling jobs ranging from daycare assistant to receptionist.
But when she moved her mom, Margaret, to a skilled nursing facility closer to home and began visiting daily, Carey, 58, imagined herself in a new role. She offered to pick up hours if the facility were in need of a housekeeper, and then she enrolled in classes to become a certified nursing assistant just in case an opening became available.
In August, Carey left her job of eight years — monitoring eggs at a nearby chicken farm for nearly $18 an hour — and instead took a pay cut to watch over and tend to human beings.