Honor Tackles an Intractable Market: Senior Care at Home
John Battelle
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Although I appreciate Honor giving caregivers better evaluation tools, to me the best tool is to provide better pay and benefits on their behalf, which can provide a setting where income insecurity isn’t a source of chronic stress that caregivers bring to work with them. Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but paying caregivers $15 per hour in my opinion doesn’t ‘honor’ the labor of love that they provide. It’s a subsistence wage, worthy of some young relatively unskilled person who flips burgers in the fast food industry. I hope Honor pays caregivers as full-time employees and not ‘gig’ workers, even if they work in these personally demanding jobs less than 40 hours a week. Contract work is an undue burden, particularly if you’re not providing all of your caregivers health insurance and other benefits. Paying them better also gives workers the opportunity for them to save money and someday to be more likely to afford the services that Honor provides.

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