Many on this forum know me - I'm a private pay in home caregiver. I love what I do. Currently I have two clients. I care for an elderly couple in Bothell, WA. She's had a hip replaced, and he has Vascular Dementia following a stroke. At first I was pretty miserable because all I was expected to do is clean, clean, clean and I'm NOT a housekeeper! But it's worked out, and I have a good balance of Dementia care and helping her in the house. I also care for a woman with Lyme Disease - advanced. She's very weak, and very needy. BUT, on top of this, I have a home-based business which has suddenly grown and is set to double again in the next week or two. This definitely will require my full time attention.
Here's my dilemma - for you who are family caregivers who hire folks like me to help out. My thought right now is to take the entire month of May off, and quite possibly not return to caregiving after that.
The Lyme Disease client will be emotional - I started as her transportation person about 3 years ago and it has progressed as she has deteriorated. The other clients are becoming more and more needy, too, as the wife realizes she just can't do this alone at her age. She has expressed a real fear of introducing a new caregiver to him because she feels he loves and trusts me, and she is hoping my hours can increase as his need increases.
Just looking for a discussion. I know that no matter what I do, it will be hard.