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Our caregiver is like a part of our family. I trust her understanding of the coronavirus situation and know she does everything possible to stay safe. However, she comes here primarily for my own respite and sanity. Should I discontinue her services for now?

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If she is a good and conscientious caregiver and is well-liked, I would not discontinue her services. Make sure you have plenty of gloves, hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap for everyone to use. If you let her go, you are taking the chance she will find another job and then you won’t be able to get her back when this is all over.
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I trust her understanding of the corona virus = excellent.

She does everything possible to stay safe = oh my God, wonderful.

Should I discontinue her services for now? Absolutely not! Count your lucky stars. Your family is blessed to find such a person. I absolutely would not let her go and risk losing her once the dust settles. Do everything possible to help her and your mom stay safe.

So good to hear some good news.
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scatter195 Apr 4, 2020
Thanks for your response! She is staying!
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It is so hard to say what to do. Just have her follow all precautions and hope for the best. Life has no guarantees. I wish you all the best.
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Definitely keeping my mom’s caregiver, even though mom lives with me. We, too, are her only client and she’s here 5 days a week/7-8 hours a day, and more if we need her. I am also high at risk but my sanity would be at greater risk if she didn’t come!!! She is also a sanitizing freak so all we can do is hope for the best. Good luck everyone - stay healthy!
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We’ve kept my father’s helper. They are both being careful and understand both the guidelines and risks. My dad isn’t scared of the virus, his body is physically worn out, and in many ways he’d welcome an end to life here. He needs the help and the socialization his helper provides and she’s comfortable in continuing to come. They both are Lysol freaks! There is no perfect plan for any of us in this, we just have to find what works and makes the most sense in each situation
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I wish I could find a care giver for my mom...thank your lucky stars you have one! Keep her is my suggestion.
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You matter in this situation, so I would say keep her.

I would not cut her hours unless she requests it. That might create a financial hardship that causes her to have to find work elsewhere, increasing her exposure.

Stay safe, healthy and sane.
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It's a personal decision. Everyone knows what personal needs they have and what risks they feel comfortable with. Since, you mother is of advanced age and has multiple medical problems, the virus would be quite severe for her, but, I would really base it on your ability to survive it. If you got sick, who would care for them? I might just explore plans for that, so, there is a plan in place.
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I have kept my mom's caregiver, but I really need her as I work at home.   Just discuss handwashing, etc.
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My wife,s caregiver comes here 5 days a week, 5 hours a day. We are her only client, so she will continue working for us. However, if she went to several clients a day to get full time hours, with this Corona virus going on, she would not be coming here, I do not know about you, but I would consider this an invitation to catch Covid 19. No thank you.
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