Here’s how our readers reacted to the 435 April Issue

Caregiver Ashley Crawley

Ashley Crawley

The Caregiver Crisis

Our April issue included a news story about the low wages of Direct Support Professionals who care for adults with disabilities living in Missouri group homes. Some make just $11 an hour, $4 less than McDonald’s workers. The situation has led to a brewing crisis in Missouri’s social services given the nations low unemployment rate, which means nonprofits contracted by the state to operate group homes are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified caregivers. Read the full story here.

Here’s how readers reacted to the story:

“I work in a group home as Direct Care staff. I enjoy my job immensely, would not want to be doing anything else. I can’t imagine my life without the individuals I care for and have grown to love. They have taught me more about myself than I could have ever taught them. We support them, assist them, see them at their best, at their worst. To some, we are their only link to the outside world. The benefits aren’t always great but appreciated.” —Meredith Cotten,  Tuscumbia, Mo.

“[Missouri group home staffers make less than McDonald’s workers], as do CNAs in nursing homes. They do hard, heavy, dirty work and make less than a fast food worker. They care for our parents and grandparents and are paid next to nothing. Is it any wonder that there’s a shortage of nursing aides today?” —Jessie Ann Mehl, Independence, Mo.


One reader noticed some of the changes we’ve been making in 435 magazine.

“I don’t know what happened recently, but I have changed my routine from flipping through your 435 KC magazine in less than 30 seconds and throwing it away into reading one or two articles each morning as part of my morning routine (this is my second morning of your last issue). This is quite a change since I don’t have much time in the mornings. I suspect the culprits are an increased quality (not sure when it exactly happened, but last two issues were just great) of reporting and writing, as well as the selection of issues in the greater KC area that you have decided to cover. Please keep going and keep looking for ways to make KCM even better.” —Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, MD, Leawood, Kan.