Pros: free room, utilities, internet, laundry facility, good hourly wage.
Cons: the stress of keeping client to a schedule.
My typical day was very different from any I'd worked before. My hours were 8 p.m.-8 a.m. (overnight, if any problem arose, but it did not as my client slept well) with one night off and a 12 hour shift on Sundays.
There were other ladies that had day shifts with my client, and they, as well as others in management were as helpful to me as they could be. I had many questions and wanted to do things correctly. My client and his cadre of devoted providers were an inspiration to me; I learned much from them: Prompts (where, when, and how to use them), places of interest I could take my client (I was learning the area, having moved to Vermont for the job), how to handle him if he got over-excited, and so much more.
The hardest part of my job was in trying to stay 'two-steps' ahead of my client. Every minute had to be planned out and the 12 hours on Sunday were very stressful to me. This was why I ultimately gave notice (2 months) and then returned to Illinois.
The best part of the job was seeing my client with free time; he was able to run and play in the parks, or hearing his laughter of pure joy anytime he could bounce on the trampoline in his yard, as well as playing the card game 'War' with me.
This experience has changed me, (for the better I'd like to think) and the people who employed me were remarkably strong, resilient, compassionate caregivers. My client also had loving, supportive family nearby, and a community that knew him, and wished only good things for him.