The two tags, with which the professional carers in a new campaign want to draw attention to their economic plight are to little time & money for the care of disabled, sick and old social and fair. For years, they work under conditions that are anything but social or fair? With an hourly wage of under 16 euros less than Office Assistants earn professional carers, criticized Thomas Behrendt of the Berlin section of the Association of the professional carers (BdB) the unsustainable situation. If the legislator prescribes that two hours working time sufficient for taking care of clients per month, but in fact more time is required, the merit of the professional carers with each hour we work longer hours reduced”Behrendt explained. Not least, the people who are at the heart of the work suffer from this situation: disabled, sick and old. The court appointed professional carers stand up for their rights. You are the contact person for Doctors, care services or homes. You settle the financial issues of their clients or enforce their claims against authorities.
Professional carers are as it were the life Manager for all those people who are no longer unassisted in the situation, to make decisions. Nationwide, more than 1.3 million people need this professional life coaching. In Berlin and Brandenburg, currently more than 102,000 people on the support of about 1,600 professional supervisor / interior are instructed, working in the region. With the increase of older people in our society, the demand will continue to grow. It is an activity with high responsibility that requires a tremendous social skills. Many of the professional carers have several training as educators, psychologists and sociologists, lawyers and economists. Through regular training, they qualify for the challenges of their work.
Meant to reward this commitment but based on more than ten-year-old data the basis for the determination, Hourly rates were, according to which the work of the professional staff is remunerated officio. Since 2005, nothing has improved on this tariff. The rate of inflation or other cost increases or even the 2007 VAT increase were taken into account. Professional carers deserve real terms today than ten years ago. In the interests of the people we serve it can go on like this”, says Thomas Behrendt. His Association, the BdB, want attention Behrendt and the approximately 12 000 professional carers in Germany on this precarious situation. Their goal is not only improving the compensation through a number of hours based on individual cases. Ask for changes in the legal social and childcare law, the recognition of quality standards and the professional service as a profession. To go the professional carers on the road. On central squares in German cities, public discussions with politicians, social experts, Director of the administrations, with people from the practice are and not least with the clients planned. The campaign will start on August 26, 2010 in Hamburg and ends on September 10 at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. “Behrendt: so how we enforce the right to a dignified life for the people we serve, so we have also entitled to be remunerated for it adequately.” More information at