I am a caregiver and I often work through an agency. Lately the only work that has been available has been 24 hour shifts that only pay 12 hours. We are required to do whatever the client asks, bring our own food. We are rarely told much about the situation and do not know hardly anything about the client before going there. Usually you can stay up to 3 days at a time. I checked and this is legal. So while they call this live in I must have another place to live on the days I am not there. There is no way to afford to pay for rent and food and other necessities on just 3 days pay so then I have to work for another agency and work 3 days for them. So I pay to rent a room I get to see 1 day a week. Not to mention the physical and emotional toll it takes.
We are desperate so we do it to survive. I love caregiving but I really hate my life!