Here is my take on both situations:
In a private home you usually have one or possibly two people you care for. In this intimate setting, bonds form quickly. You many also find that in this setting you have more down time than you may like, even with doctor's appointments, errands, personal care and entertainment for the client(s), an 8 -12 hour shift will leave you with time on your hands. Personally I like to stay busy or my day drags on.
So plan wisely. Spread your chores out to make for a well rounded week. You will find your time goes by faster and you will have a sense of accomplishment each day.In a facility setting, if you work for one person as an Independent Private Caregiver, you will still touch the lives of many people. This you will find brings great rewards. Older folks are such a pleasure to be around and so appreciative of any attention you give them. However you open yourself up to a greater potential for loss. Case in point:
I work at a senior living community as an Independent Professional Caregiver for a couple that lives there. While my duties are to them first, I have also made it a goal to get it know as many people as possible at the facility by name. When we go to meals, entertainment and such, I meet the other residents and this is a true pleasure. I have become close to several people in the 5 months I have worked there. And during those same 5 months I have lost some friends too. Just last week two residents passed away and one was moved to a memory care facility.
Not only was it hard to lose them, but it was hard to see the other residents heal after the losses as well.
So when making your choice to provide your Professional Independent Caregiver service at a Private Home or Facility Setting, keep the loss factor in mind. It may make a difference in how you chose.Ruth Anne
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