A typical day with Care to Stay Home is very different, as every client has very specific needs that can change drastically with different shifts. With the two clients I have experience working with, although the pay is the same, the demands and duties are incredibly different. Some clients have family members, pets, and visitors in the household while you are working, and are extremely involved in the client's care. Some other clients live alone, and you are their only companion. I have learned that you have to be very open minded and flexible to provide the best care that you can for the patient and their situation. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Stay on the same page with your client, their family, your coworkers, and CTSH.
I have ran into mostly amazing fellow caregivers, but there are definitely some caregivers who get territorial with their patients, and will do anything to jeopardize your relationship so that they would maintain their dominance in a particular assignment. ugh. Hope you avoid any of those situations. If you ever feel like that, speak about it with your coworkers or CTSH.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the rewarding companionship that comes with many of the lovely clients and their families. i have learned major life lessons from interacting so intimately with these families, and grateful to have become a better person because of it.
Great clients, supportive staff, flexible scheduling!!!
Constantly changing patient situation and scheduling, physical strain