Thursday, June 20, 2013
First of all, a care aide is a person who assists people who with some needs taken care of can stay in their homes. It ranges from elderly who just need some assistance with housekeeping chores, cooking and maybe being driven to shop or appointments, sometimes supervised baths. The next category of care is helping with handicapped people with a wide range of needs. I have looked after people with early stage alzheimers, disorientation (that was hard as she spent the whole night roaming around and I worked there for 36 hrs. so I never got to sleep), people who are in wheel chairs due to strokes or accidents, one individual who was severly brain damaged and everything had to be done for her while she lived in her parents home, and then some hospice care like staying while the partner goes out and keeping the person comfortable, doing lifts, dressing etc. What it amounts to is a lower level of nursing care and the jobs are very varied. When I did it for 20 yrs. I often went from home to home and was well paid while being paid for travel expenses too. One must be flexible to do this.
The other question is about the work I do in Mexico. I work entirely for free and teach English to the children of families we have gotten to know. I started out doing volunteer work in an English school when I realized how terrible the pronounciation is of the native Spanish English teachers. I could have worked for money but the papers you need to earn money in Mexico or any foreign country though one can get them are not worth it. For maybe 100 pesos ($9) an hr. and irregular hrs. at that I felt better setting my own times and just doing my own thing. Remember I am 66, retired and the teaching is just for fun and the love of children. The people I worked with were some of the most wonderful people and the rewards were opportunities to attend many events that were amazing and if these people had to pay regularly they would be hard pressed.