Column: They take care of aging adults, live in cramped quarters and make less than minimum wage

Los Angeles Times | April 8, 2023

Hard work. Long hours. Paltry wages. Isolation from relatives. Barracks-style housing.

That’s a snapshot of life for thousands of California workers who toil in the elder-care industry, which doesn’t always function well for the clients, either.

The range of experiences is dramatic. Clients of ample means are able to pay for in-home or residential facility care that can easily cost $10,000 to $15,000 a month. Low-income Californians can qualify for limited publicly financed care, which I wrote about last week.

But those who are in the middle are going broke paying for help, and a lot of people are simply going without any care at all.

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