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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.
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    My sister lives in the UK and works as a care aide. She enjoys her work but says its pretty tough....long hours, but enjoys the flexi side of it.
    1823 days ago
    thanks for answering my questions. i was a care aide also, but i worked for an agency and it did not pay well. so i quit after about a year or so.
    1824 days ago
    Sounds like you have been given a spirit of caring. Also sounds like you have been using it to the fullest! emoticon

    1824 days ago
    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful life. emoticon
    You wrote in the past tense so I figured you don't do that anymore? I hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing.
    Love, Chelsea emoticon
    1824 days ago
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    You are making our world a much better place. Thank you!
    1824 days ago
    So lucky for people learned from you for free of charge. Working for society and volunteers are always good cause. I will do any work if some one will teach me Spanish for free.
    emoticon You are so emoticon
    1824 days ago
    emoticon What a blessing you are to others! emoticon
    1824 days ago
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