So, the last three weeks have been kind of insane for me. We have a PSW for my MIL who comes in for 5 hours, 3x a week. Unfortunately, the week she was set to begin, my 5 year old broke out into hives, and the dr recommended a covid test. I told the PSW about it, offered for her to come if she wanted, but she was freaked, so declined. She was there for the Tues, but not the Wed & Thurs.
Week 2, he broke out with a cough and cold, so another covid test, and again she didn’t want to come in. Fine. I’m not going to make her (as she has other elderly clients she’s concerned about).
Week 3, my son had a + case in his cohort, so had to stay home for 3 days self-isolating again (no covid test required this time, thank God - they’re murder for 5 year olds…), but she was kind of mad and acting like I was trying to fire her. I clarified things, that hello! These are all completely out of my control, and my whole world stops when this happens - I cannot even visit my sick father in the hospital while I’m waiting for results. Anyway, she remarked that it’s getting hard for her to pay her bills, and I couldn’t help but wonder…am I being unreasonable? Should I have paid her even though she didn’t come in? She seems like a nice PSW (not hired through an agency), but I felt that I had given her the chance to work, but she said no thanks, so not my fault. Just curious as to other’s opinions if I’m out of line here…. I’m new to being people’s employer…. Thanks, everyone!! I