Caregiving is a service where a break is so much needed. We shouldn't have to ask, but we often do. What are our rights as employees? Do we get paid
caregiver breaks to eat lunch or drink a cup of tea? Fortunately, Arizona now has help. Please call the Arizona Worker Rights Center 602-254-5452. I believe they can answer quesions over the phone, internet or in person.
But even if it is not a right protected by law, you still need to be able to take short breaks throughout the day. Working with five elders is a big task. When you ask your employer, let her know what you are doing and how the break would improve your ability to do the work. Try to have a conversation about it. Do you have a friend or family member you could practice on before you do the "Real thing."
If you are mistreated on this job, start thinking about how you would like to be treated. Practice acting as if you really do trust the work you are doing is valuable. One big block to communication is that we don't trust ourselves enough.
Then look for another job. I don't say this lightly as jobs are not easy to find these days. But caregivers are in great demand. Work on careging skills. Pay extra attention to how you dress. Work on your language skill. Find any training that is offered. You will be doing a service not only to yourself, but also to all caregivers. We need to upgrade our image, our pay, and our working conditions. It is hard to practice compassion if we are tired or angry or beaten down.