More Ukrainians care for elderly Poles

According to Opole University of Technology (PO) research, Ukrainians care for elderly Poles more and more often.

Postgraduate women are more numerous than male carers. A total of 60 percent of the surveyed individuals were working in Poland illegally. The research also showed that the Ukrainian migrants took the carer’s job at the recommendation of their compatriots.

The key incentive for Ukrainians to take up such a job offer is accommodation that comes with it. Some of those surveyed said that they could not have found a more attractive work offer.

A total of 80 percent of surveyed individuals had higher education. As many as 30 percent of those people were nursing or physiotherapy graduates. Only one-fifth of the carers were men.

According to the research, a Ukrainian carer’s duties include preparing meals, tidying up, doing laundry, shopping, tending to an elderly person’s hygiene, dosing medicines, doing injections, commencing rehabilitation exercises and helping with office work.

The Ukrainian immigrants stressed that the elderly are very lonely and often need someone else’s attention. A carer should also spend time with his charge - for instance, go out on walks, go to church, talk, eat meals together and watch TV.

A Ukrainian carer may hope to earn PLN 1,000 to 3,500 (EUR 233-818) salary depending on the number of hours spent with the elderly person.

The research’s author Sabina Kubiciel-Lodzińska said that “the surveyed Ukrainians said that they were being treated well by the elderly people and their families. Some even said jokingly that ‘their grandmas’ or ‘grandpas’ are a repository of good stories...”