You've probably heard it said, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ If that is the case, then imagine what thousands of voices coming together, with one mission, might be worth?
That is just part of the goal of this Keeping it REAL Caregiving newsletter; to become a collective voice and source of information.
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In the case of advocating for a greater awareness for the vital and critical role of our country’s care workers, the power of collective voices has recently been on full display.
One goal was to bring more visibility to care workers and to advocate for US lawmakers in supporting the American Rescue Plan and the proposed $400 Billion dollars in funding for care infrastructure.
As a journalist and family caregiver I personally know the power of both storytelling and of highlighting the personal stories of caregivers.
I share numerous personal stories in my BLOG, but it took me years to openly talk about my experiences. When I first began taking on the duties of caring for my elderly mother, Miss Nellie, there were times when I did not want to tell anyone about the responsibilities on my plate. I was scared and overwhelmed and I'm sure many of you might sometimes feel that way as well.
Eventually I realized I needed to let those around me know my situation, because so much of my time, energy and thoughts revolved around making sure mom was cared for and it was consuming my world.
Years into the work of caregiving and at this point having said my final goodbye to my mother who passed last September, I know I am not alone in this journey.
More recently, as the topic of care and care infrastructure has become mainstream it is much easier to identify others in the same boat. In fact, it was an innocent response/question I posted to a Twitter thread which directed me to an organization focused on work in this sphere.
It is an organization Berger tells me, that is dedicated to ‘raising the standards for domestic workers and lifting up the essential nature of care work.’
I reached out to Ms. Berger to learn more about Hand in Hand. Here’s a portion of that interview:
The conversation with Ilana Berger covered several other topics and I thank her for sharing personal and professional experiences with me.
So what about you? Are you ‘hopeful’ our society is finally starting to recognize the need for taking better care of our caregivers and understanding the crucial role they play in our lives and economy?
Let me hear from you about some of your personal experiences and lessons learned! Remember, we're all in this together...