My mother has 24/7 home care, divided between two aides. Last week, my mother felt very ill. The aide who was there (and who has been with her for around 9 months) slept in her room that night, and coped with horrific diarrhea the next morning, at which point I called 911. My mom ended up in the ER and it turned out she had a UTI that had spread into her bloodstream. She was in the ICU for 3 days and then in a regular room. This aide visited her in the hospital and will be there when my mom returns tomorrow.
I feel like she deserves some recognition for sleeping in her room, cleaning up a horrible poopy mess, and visiting my mom. Is it appropriate for me to give her a card with some money in it tomorrow? And if so, how much, $20? More? I tipped the aides generously on Christmas, but I'm not sure how to handle this. Thoughts?