A Manchester-based carer named Jessica Gentry composed a compelling letter to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May concerning her intense workload. The letter got a tremendous response.
She posted online about helping and caring for more than a dozen elderly patients on a freezing Friday night shift.
Her Facebook post reads as follows
“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***ing 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 families 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.”