10 Reasons You Deserve a Raise

Denise

10 Reasons You Deserve a Raise

Denise
money-652560_640Yep, you deserve a raise. Here's 10 reasons why:

1. You're on call 24/7, including every holiday. You work when you're sick and you often struggle to take time off because it can be sooooo difficult to find a replacement. You are devoted and loyal, showing up to do the best you can.

2. You taught yourself how to provide care, how to turn a bad day into a better one, how to work through the complicated, overwhelming health care system. You didn't take a class or receive training. You learned on the spot, swallowing back the stress because you had to.

3. You are the health care system. Physicians and nurses provide once-in-awhile care. You provide, oversee and manage care every day.

4. You are invaluable. In 2013, about 40 million* family caregivers in the United States provided an estimated 37 billion hours of care to an adult with limitations in daily activities. The estimated economic value of their unpaid contributions was approximately $470 billion in 2013, up from an estimated $450 billion in 2009.

5. You are amazingly resilient. The home health aide doesn't show and the car battery dies. And, yet you figure out a way to care for your caree and get to work. No matter what, you continue.

6. You save lives. Consider how many times your decisions, your actions, your knowledge and your gut saved your caree's life.

7. You support others who care for a family member. With all you do, you still make time to be a support and resource for other family caregivers. You're the best kind of co-worker.

8. You figure it out. No matter how pressing the problem or how stressful the situation, you create solutions that work.

9. You make magic happen every day because you know how to capture and keep moments that become treasured memories.

10. You understand the meaning of life, which is an understanding so rare and priceless you actually give life meaning for the rest of us.

Yep, you definitely deserve a raise. Oh, wait, you won't get a raise because we have no national program to support, care for and reimburse our country's largest health care workforce -- family caregivers, just like you. You do what's right every day for your family. Which is why it's time for our government to do right by you.

We want to bring awareness to all you do and advocate for the creation of programs that support and help you. Want to help? Join our Caregiving Advocacy and Awareness and Volunteer Corp to make a difference.

* Note that the number of family caregivers varies widely in caregiving research. In 2013, Pew Research Center estimated that about 95 million individuals provide care. If Pew’s numbers are correct, $470 billion is half what the true figure could be.