Global Journal of Health Science, Vol. 1, No. 2, October 2009, all in one file

Editor GJHS
2009 Global Journal of Health Science  
By means of the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), MEDLINE, EMBASE and Ageline (AARP) database searches, the author presents a review of the literature addressing residential care aides-their roles, working environments, work satisfaction, and factors affecting recruitment and retention. Using the method of qualitative metasummary, eight broad themes emerged: job dissatisfaction, low wages, attrition and retention difficulties, threats to personal safety, the
more » ... rience of hierarchy (devaluation and domination), the importance of relationships and collegial support, excessive workloads and inadequate training. Heavy reliance on American research is a limitation, but there appears to be general agreement across eight countries that residential care aide work can be arduous, demanding and demoralizing. At the same time, given the constraints that most aides work under, many aides care greatly about their clients and are very concerned about the quality of care that they are able to provide. Their voices, however, remain relatively overlooked or ignored.
doi:10.5539/gjhs.v1n2p0 fatcat:ocytunqvkzfbhj376e57544vea