(AIDE), SELF-EMPLOYED (Former Employee), Enon, Ohio – September 4, 2014
I assisted my mother with all activities of daily living, to include meal preparation, bathing, grooming, toileting, doctor appts., transporting to Dialysis, and comfort companion. The hardest part of this was losing my mother.The most enjoyable was, being able to have quality time with her. My experience with this has sparked my interest in getting – more... back into the healthcare field, and to further my education in this field. – less
Enjoyed working with and helping people maintain their independence to some degree.
(Freelance), Individual Clients, Charles County MD (Former Employee), LaPlata, MD – August 8, 2014
Pros: knowing i was part of what contributed to each of his remaining days being positive, comfortable, and enjoyed at home.
Cons: his health was fragile and i knew he would eventually depart this world.
A typical day at work included interacting with the client in conversation, reading the local newspaper to him, preparing his meals, administering his medication to him, assisting him with getting dressed, and provided him with a nonjudgmental, encouraging, and motivating daily experience. We would sometimes walk around the yard or sit on the front – more... porch. I learned that elderly people want to be helped in a manner that does not make them feel like they are a burden. They want companionship and social interaction while demonstrating their independence to the best of their ability. The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing I was making a positive impact on my client. However, the hardest part of the job was when he died. He was an interesting man that I enjoyed assisting. – less
Home Healthcare Provider- Volunteer (Former Employee), Detroit, MI – June 11, 2014
Pros: i was able to help patient achieve a speedy recovery after surgery as well as maintain bills, health and household
Cons: short term and non paying
The most rewarded part about this job was that I was available to help a dear family friend that treated me like family. Pleased to be of service in this time of need and was told daily about how well I was doing and that I was greatly appreciated.
Interim Healthcare (Former Employee), Newark, OH – June 2, 2014
Pros: life lessons i have learned
Cons: no benefits
I would take report from outgoing nurse and then perform my assessment on patient. Since I was only working with one patient, I was able to give all of my attention to him. This said patient was unable to walk, talk and toilet on his own. I would then check to see if he needed to be changed and cleaned. He also required passive range of motion on all – more... four extremities and frequent turning. I learned so much from a person who did not speak a single word to me. My co-workers and I would document to each other in a notebook what we observed, our concerns or any upcoming appointments that he may have. The hardest part of the job was seeing a young man in this state when others his age are running, playing sports or simply walking. The most enjoyable part of the job would definitely be the times when I would get a smile or even a chuckle out of him. It would make my entire day! – less
Live-in-sitter (Former Employee), Hattiesburg, MS – May 21, 2014
Pros: comfortable and easy work enviroment
Cons: mostly the clients have really poor health and job isnt guarenteed
A TYPICAL DAY WOULD BE ME ARRIVING AT THE HOUSE AND GETTING THE CLIENT OUT OF BED AND TAKING HER TO THE RESTROOM IN ORDER TO GET READY TO EAT BREAKFAST, WHICH INCLUDES WASHING HER FACE AND CHANGING HER DIAPER. ONCE THOSE THINGS ARE DONE I WILL FEED HER THE BREAKFAST THE PREVIOUS WORKER HAS LEFT FOR THE NEXT SHIFT. I WILL ALSO GIVE THE LADY A GLUCOSE – more... TEST TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT HER SUGAR IS HIGH AND IF IT IS I WILL EITHER GIVE HER A GLUCOSE PILL OR INSULIN SHOT DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER ON THE METER. AFTER THOSE THINGS ARE DONE I WILL WALK THE LADY INTO THE LIVING ROOM AND WATCH TELEVISION WITH THE CLIENT FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE DAY FEEDING AND CHANGING HER THROUGHTOUT THE DAY UNTIL MY SHIFT IS OVER. – less
Personal Assistant (Former Employee), Chattanooga, TN – April 19, 2014
A typical workday included one-on-one personal and medical assistance through prescription administration, vital signs checks, medical follow-up care, nutrition support, daily encouragement or counsel in positive manner, family support and Hospice interaction. This was a growing personal and professional experience, since it was a totally new work environment. – more... The hardest part of this position was experiencing the degeneration of health within an individual during span of last year of life. The most enjoyable part of the job was the reward of meeting the need of an individual one-on-one and knowing you have made a difference. – less
Home health aide (Former Employee), Nahant,Mass – March 29, 2014
I would wake up in the morning make coffee and breakfast,run any errands, make lunch, make dinner, drive her to any doctor appts.Clean, dust, vaccuum, wash the bathroon and took care of anything that was asked.
Wait until the minumum wage protection goes into effect
Caregiver (Former Employee), San Luis Obispo, CA – March 18, 2014
Pros: easy to find employement
Cons: the good clients have their families to look after them so they are slim and few.
Sorry, to everyone who needs a caregiver. My advice to them is to hire a caregiver directly, It is cheaper for you and better for the caregiver. When the min wage protection goes into effect then I would consider working for an agency.
Productive and fun workplace with a ping pong table.
home assistant (Current Employee), House Springs, MO – January 25, 2014
Pros: free lunches, television, good company
Cons: dealing with moodiness at times
Taking care of grandma while making sure she gets her medications, and her meals. Also helping her maintain physical health by doing exercises daily. Management was well with my aunt and uncle being in charge of the payments and bills. There was no co-workers. The hardest part of the job was keeping up with the physical exercises because she was extremely – more... week when first started. The most exciting part of the job was the card games that we would play on occasion and the divorce court on television. – less
Private Care Worker (Former Employee), St. Louis, MO – September 29, 2013
Pros: good pay
Cons: not enough work hours
A typical day at work will be challenging, because you never knew what was in stored for that particular work day! I basically manage my own time and worked generally alone. Hardest part of the job was cooking for the client, due to restrictions of seasonings. The most enjoyable aspect of the job was being able to help someone that no longer could care – more... for themselves. – less