Pros: training opportunities
Cons: no benefits, lack of regular schedule, unrecognized potential
Home Care and Adult Day Service are both client focused jobs. High value is placed on pleasing and appeasing the client and their family.
Management is perceived to be controlling and not open to input and collaboration from the employee. Very focused on leadership that demonstrates a "my way or the highway" approach.
Management often says one thing – more... and lives out the other. The manager is on salary and works long hours both at home and on site. Hourly employees that use time at home to go the extra mile developing a project to better serve clients are disciplined rather than celebrated for their creativity and passion.
Co-workers demonstrate loyalty to the leadership for self-promotion in meetings, but often complain afterward about lack of support, long hours and no compensation for shared ideas.
Training opportunities are very high quality and are designed to provide professional understanding of the care of the elderly. CLC offered specific training to lead to certification with the Colorado Alzheimer's Association.
The most enjoyable part of the job is serving the clients. It is most often quite easy to develop a caring relationship that benefits the client in their emotional, spiritual and physical health at a fragile time of life.
The hardest part of the job is the necessity of being available at hours that are contrary to healthy family life in most cases. This is the nature of Home Health Care. Secondary to availability is the emotional toll when a client passes away or moves on to the next stage of care in the continuum. – less