I want to share with you a story about a woman I met over 10 years ago while working as a home care helper.
While in Sydney finishing my degree I was looking for a job to support me a little; I saw an ad for home care workers; the hours were very flexible and I really enjoy meeting new people. It seemed like a good deal as I pretty much thought I was signing up to provide basic cleaning or go on quick trips to the shops for dear old folk who needed a hand. In reality, while some of my jobs kind of fit that bill, most were not like that at all. In fact, many clients were receiving the home help as part of their disability or broader health care services.
What happened was eye opening to say the least. This type of work slowly revealed, person by person, suburb by suburb, worlds previously hidden from me. Worlds hidden in plain sight. Continue reading “Hidden in plain sight”