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Career Story: Home Caregiver For The Elderly

Home Caregiver For The Elderly

Job Title: Cook

Education: N/A

Previous Experience: I am currently working as a caregiver, where I mainly care for elderly women that are unable to do basic activities.

Job Tasks: I am currently working as a caregiver where I spend my days and most of my nights taking care of one elderly person at a time.

I clean their houses, wash their clothes and cook for them. During the days I start off by going to work at 3 pm sharp and the first thing I do is clean the home and sanitize their belongings. After I am done cleaning and sanitizing, I prepare lunch for them and any guests or visitors.

Next I help them to the rest room, help them do activities like watch a movie or work on a puzzle. My shift ends at 10 pm if I am not working the night shift.

As of February 2009, I am paid $15.00 dollars an hour during the day and $50.00 dollars per hour at night. I make around $78,000 a year and have many days off to spend time with my family. Each week I work about four days a week and 2-3 nights a week, on average per month. I work 16 or 17 days a month and about 11 or so nights a month. I do have to travel 50 miles from my home to where I work but I don't mind the commute.

I do not work with a company - I got my CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) and went to look for a job independently by looking in my local paper and within two weeks of getting my certifacation I was hired. I love my job and I don't plan on changing my career.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being able to help some one else. I can't stand teadious work and this job suites me perfectly.

What I like least about my job would have to be the hours: I am a morning person and if I could start at 6 AM, I would prefer it.

Job Tips:
1. Only do it if you know you like to work with others, co-workers and the elderly or disabled.

2. Take it slow - it can be a stressful job while training and working.

3. Always be in a great mood even if you don't feel like it. The situation is hard for you but more difficult fot the person you are taking care of.

Additional Thoughts: none

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