I am 66, retired to early. I have always worked with the public. I have no official experience as a caregiver. When I was young we lived by my grandparents, my grandfather was blind because of glaucoma and had had a heart attack. I slept at their house in case of an emergency during the night. I helped them with light housework, stood watch while they showered and I shaved my grandfather. I have always had a special place for the elderly. I live in an over 55 yrs mobile home park and find myself providing rides to appointments, take lunch when I know someone is not feeling well or however they made need me. Several people have my phone number and know they can call me. I tell them if my car is there, I am there.
Caregivers that work non-full-time jobs or irregular shifts can negotiate extra compensation in addition to their standard hourly wage.
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