Evaluating the working conditions and exposure to abuse of Filipino home care workers in Israel: Characteristics and clinical correlates

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Abstract

Background: Filipino home care workers provide the majority of around-the-clock personal care to frail individuals in Israel. To date, the working conditions as well as exposure to work-related abuse of Filipino home care workers in Israel have not been evaluated. Methods: A survey of 245 Filipino home care workers was conducted to evaluate their working conditions and exposure to abuse as well as their clinical correlates (e.g. burnout as measures by the Maslach Burnout Inventory). This was integrated with findings from interviews with Filipino home care workers, social workers, and family members of care recipients cared by Filipino home care workers. Results: A majority of the workers (88%) reported paying large amounts of money in order to work in the country. Overall, 43% reported being asked to do more than was specified in their job description, 41% reported being verbally abused, and 40% reported not receiving adequate food. Almost half reported work-related injuries. The most consistent predictor of burnout (as measured by the Emotional Exhaustion and Depersonalization scales) was exposure to work-related abuse. Interview data identified system and societal barriers that prevent workers from using the legal system for their protection. Conclusions: The present study calls for further supervision of this caregiving arrangement. Psychoeducational programs directed towards all stakeholders (e.g. social workers, home care workers, care recipients, and family members of care recipients) are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-49
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Burnout
  • Caregiving
  • Immigrants
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing care
  • Older adults

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