Career Story: Housekeeper And Care Taker For The Elderly And Disabled

Housekeeper And Care Taker For The Elderly And Disabled

Job Title: Primary Care Taker

Type of Company: I work for people who need assistance to continue living at home.

Education: GED

Previous Experience: I started out as a homemaker but had to get a job.

Job Tasks: I have a number of clients every day. Some of my clients I only work with a few hours a week. They are the ones where I am a homemaker. As a homemaker, I do housekeeping, grocery shopping and run errands. These clients are not hands-on -- that is, we can't do anything for them that requires touching them. I also have a handful of clients whom I visit a couple times a month and where I work as a housekeeper. With two other clients I work as a primary care assistant or PCA. In contrast with the others, these clients are hands-on: illness or disability has restricted what they can do for themselves and they require more hours of care. I shower them, cook for them, feed them, give them medication, take them to doctor's appointments and whatever they need help with. I also work as a homemaker and companion to them. I work 40 hours a week with just these two clients.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of my job are I'm usually not in one house for more then five hours at a time. Most of my clients are very nice people and my work isn't hard. The worst parts of it comes when clients get crabby, but then we all have our days. Sometimes too I get annoyed with all the driving back and forth.

Job Tips: Try not to get too attached to your clients. Don't take on more then you can handle. You have to have a lot of patience.

Additional Thoughts: No matter what happens each day it makes you feel good to know that you helped someone.

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