22-year-old Atonya Jackson is one of over four million Americans employed as a direct care worker, a labor force that includes home health aides, nursing assistants and personal care workers. In today’s show Atonya talks about why she chose to become a paid caregiver, the importance of connecting with clients and her stressful experience of telling family members their grandmother has died. She also provides insight into how home care agencies operate, live-in versus hourly work, wages and how she approaches her work. Tune in for some frank talk from a dedicated millennial caregiver.

Learn more: Direct Care Workforce

Music: “Tropicks” by Broke For Free | CC BY NC ND | Free Music Archive