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Your Questions About Caregiver Agencies

James asks…

Is this a terrible time to try to make a career move?

I’m a caregiver who lives with wealthy man who pays me well. I have a bachelor’s degree that I’ve never used. I’ve been stuck in a rut on this job. This is both my home and my source of income.

My boss has complete control of my life, and I don’t know how to get out, especially since we are in a huge recession.

Is now the time to be getting out? It is kind of like men who marry women they know CAN’T get out. My boss knows that short of a miracle it would be very hard for me to leave here. I don’t like being in that position. What about temporary agencies? Are they still surviving the recession? Would they employ me after having been here for several years. Any thoughts?

Healthadvisor answers:

If you don’t enjoy doing this “rut” job, and you are able to go to “make a move” then yeah i say go for it! 🙂

Lisa asks…

What can be done to revoke the rights of an adoptive parent who has become incapacitated?

grandmother adopted two girls 7 years ago. since that time, she has suffered a stroke (paralyzed on the right side of her body and cannot sit up by herself in a bed without assistance). She has a caregiver herself. She is 70 yrs old. The grandfather died in a house fire 1 1/2 yrs ago. the girls have been with the biological mother’s sister since the fire. when she was a “foster parent”, she received aid & medical coverage. Since the case was closed, she receives no kind of funding and was advised that the grandmother (mother on the new birth certificate) must sign-over her rights.
We have tried all kinds of social services agencies and cannot find the right place to help us. does anyone know where we can go for filing the appropriate forms?
also, the grandmother’s daughter is now her Power of Attorney and moved with the grandmother and REFUSES to tell family members where she is. this is a violent, drugging-type family and it is hard to communicate with them without fear of violence and chaos. we tried this last night and had to RUN out of the house.

Healthadvisor answers:

I do not know which state you live in. I do not know what state or local law to apply for you. If I were you, I would petition to the court and adopt the child by the reason above. However, the parent may ex parte the result.

Ruth asks…

Need help with paper, please.?

I need help with a paper for class. Haven’t been in school for over 10yrs. Please, if someone could look over it and give me any input on how to make it better. I am terrible at grammar, writting papers, english… Thanks!!
My personal definition of nursing is a of team of individuals that provide knowledge, care, safety, and support. I believe that these are all vitally essential in nursing. If a breakdown occurs in any one of the previously mentioned then a domino effect begins. Inevitably putting the patient at risk.
My belief is that the role of nursing in general is to promote the patient’s quality of life, provide patient care, carry out doctor’s orders, and protect the patient. Providing patient care whether it be carrying out doctor’s orders, bed bath, assisting with ADL’s is a very importan role of nursing. Protecting the patient also entails providing a safe physical and emotional environment.
My assumptions of nursing are constantly changing now that I am in school to be a nurse. I used to think that once you were a “nurse” that was it, boy was I wrong. Education and practice are essential and continual in the nursing field. Some of my assumptions may be naive due to my recent arrival to the field. One of those assumptions is that nursing is looked at as being the bottom of the healthcare ladder, although very important. I have heard that the more education you have as a nurse the less interaction with patients. I always thought that nurses are more hands on and report patient information and status to the doctor. I guess the assumptions and realities of nursing depend on the person. Not all nurses are the same. Situations and circumstances will always vary.
My personal reflections of nursing are greatly varied due to the many interactions over my lifetime with the nursing field. As a child I saw nurses being comforting, smiling, and reassuring. As I got older I have seen nurses like I just described, but I have also seen nurses who show no empathy, are judgmental, and sometimes unwilling to listen because they already know what is wrong. I can say that the latter of the two are far and few between, but are out there just the same. Just like any profession there are the exceptions and then there are the exceptional. We have to strive to be the exceptional!
Legal aspects of nursing consist of unintentional torts, intentional torts, consent, abuse, and education. An unintentional tort is done without intent or malice, an intentional tort is the opposite and are meant to be detrimental. Malpractice and negligence are a couple of unintentional torts. Intentional torts are defamation, restraint, invasion of privacy, fraud, assault, and battery. Consent is informed when the person has been given all of the information and clearly understands the treatment. Abuse consists of verbal, physical, and emotional exploitation of a person. Education is continual and monitored by state agencies. The legal aspects of nursing focus on safety and consistency.
Ethical aspects of nursing consist of what is morally right and wrong. Providing care without judgment and with an open-mind. Handle person’s care and medical information with confidentiality and discretion. Respect rights, beliefs, and values of other people. Having empathy for others. Knowing and doing what is right is a part of being a nurse and a caring person.
My professional interest in nursing has been evolving as a child and was put on hold until this last year. I have always enjoyed being a caregiver and helping people. The opportunity for job advancement, growth, variety of jobs within the field, and benefits makes it that much more appealing. I look forward to the challenges and continual learning process that comes with this profession.

Healthadvisor answers:

My personal definition of nursing is a team of individuals that provide knowledge, care, safety, and support. I believe that these are all vitally essential in nursing. If a breakdown occurs in any one of the previously mentioned then a domino effect begins, inevitably putting the patient at risk.
My belief is that the role of nursing in general is to promote the patient’s quality of life, provide patient care, carry out doctor’s orders, and protect the patient. Providing patient care whether it is carrying out doctor’s orders, bed bath, assisting with ADL’s is a very important role of nursing. Protecting the patient also entails providing a safe physical and emotional environment.
My assumptions of nursing are constantly changing now that I am in school to be a nurse. I used to think that once you were a “nurse” that was it, boy was I wrong! Education and practice are essential and continual in the nursing field. Some of my assumptions may be naive due to my recent arrival to the field. One of those assumptions is that nursing is looked at as being the bottom of the healthcare ladder, although very important. I have heard that the more education you have as a nurse the less interaction with patients. I always thought that nurses are more hands on and report patient information and status to the doctor. I guess the assumptions and realities of nursing depend on the person. Not all nurses are the same. Situations and circumstances will always vary.
My personal reflections of nursing are greatly varied due to the many interactions over my lifetime with the nursing field. As a child I saw nurses being comforting, smiling, and reassuring. As I got older, I have seen nurses like I just described, but I have also seen nurses who show no empathy, are judgmental, and sometimes unwilling to listen because they already know what is wrong. I can say that the latter of the two are far and few between, but are out there just the same. Just like any profession there are the exceptions and then there are the exceptional. We have to strive to be the exceptional!
Legal aspects of nursing consist of unintentional torts, intentional torts, consent, abuse, and education. An unintentional tort is done without intent or malice, an intentional tort is the opposite and is meant to be detrimental. Malpractice and negligence are a couple of unintentional torts. Intentional torts are defamation, restraint, and invasion of privacy. Consent is informed when the person has been given all of the information and clearly understands the treatment. Abuse consists of verbal, physical, and emotional exploitation of a person. Education is continual and monitored by state agencies. The legal aspects of nursing focus on safety and consistency.
Ethical aspects of nursing consist of what is morally right and wrong. It concentrates on providing care without judgment and with an open-mind. Handle person’s care and medical information with confidentiality and discretion; Respect rights, beliefs, and values of other people & Have empathy for others. Knowing and doing what is right is a part of being a nurse and a caring person.
My professional interest in nursing has been evolving as a child and was put on hold until this last year. I have always enjoyed being a caregiver and helping people. The opportunity for job advancement, growth, variety of jobs within the field, and benefits makes it that much more appealing. I look forward to the challenges and continual learning process that comes with this profession.
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You will make a wonderful nurse, best of luck!!

Chris asks…

Student Loans coming due – and there are no jobs….?

My husband’s student loans are coming due in Feb 09, and there are no jobs. The day before he officially received his masters in education, as a matter of fact, the state announced massive layoffs for teachers. The people at Wachovia have been unwilling to discuss the issue with him. He is currently a stay at home dad, while I work. Our daughter turns 2 in a couple of months, so she will need a full-time caregiver if we both work, which means that he will have to make enough to cover all of her childcare, plus his student loan payments. Most temp jobs won’t even cover the expenses for her childcare, not to mention paying off the loan. Also, most temp agencies and other companies won’t consider him for temp or part time work because he is “over-qualified/over-educated”.

Other than this loan coming due, we have excellent credit, and I am concerned that this situation will kill our future credit and home-buying opportunities. Is it better for us in the short-term if we divorce while he remains unemployed?

How are others handling the student debt issue in this economy?

Healthadvisor answers:

I’m not sure exactly what good divorcing him would do…. Or why you are leaning in that direction, except maybe make to make lawers rich. Even divorced, he would still have to pay back his loans. Lol

My advice: the first job right out of college is always the toughest. In order for him to actually USE that degree it sounds like he will need to MOVE to a location where teachers are scare. Actually, this happens a lot… Esp when people live near a college…. Or area where certain majors are churned out like there is no tomorrow. (Teachers, Counselors, etc.) In certain areas of the country or states teachers ARE in demand… You and he just need to be willing to move.

He will prob be offered a job in a small town, isolated, with very few people who have college degrees. The good news is that in these places the cost of daycare is not near as much as what you are paying. Doing this for a year or so would get him great experience. The chances of you getting a job would be good as well… Esp if you don’t have a degree already. It may not be the ideal situation for you… But if HE has the higher earning potential than you with his Master’s degree, then you need to sacrifice your current job to give him that work expereince so it will pay off in a few years.

The biggest mistake people make when hunting for that first “real” job out of college is being way to picky. If they have money to pay him… He needs to TAKE it. Don’t limit him by state or region. After a year or two of experience it will be much easier for him to pick and choose.

The absolute WORST thing he could do right now is to sit on the couch and wait until his daugher is old enough to start school. By then, any future employers will just look and him and think their is something “wrong” with him becuause he wasn’t able to get a job after graduating with his masters. Unfortunatly, a woman might be able to get away with…”I was staying home with my daugher” but a man may still get put on the bottom of the pile with suspicious eyebrows raised because of lack of gumption. I don’t agree, but it DOES happen.

In the short term, he should also consider taking a job to start paying on his loans. He should look into working at a daycare or a headstart or someplace where he can take his daughter with him to work. If that isn’t possible, he can work part time while you are not at work.

Steven asks…

Need help with caretaker for the elderly benefits, please?

My father recently died and my 90 year old mother is living with me full time now – not a burden at all, she’s a true gem. My question is:

I’m hiring a full-time caregiver, 40 hours a week, without an agency. This woman worked with my folks last year and they adored her so I know she’s right for the job. Does anyone have any guidance about benefits? She’s asked that I come up with a proposal (holidays, vacation, sick leave, etc) but I’m sort of at a loss as to what is the ‘normal’ benefits out there for a caretaker. I’m already giving her $200 a month toward healthcare and $15/hour. Also, I have her mon-friday but, there are some Fridays when I take mom away for the weekend. Since this is a salary position, any idea about how to make this fairer for me so we’re not paying when she’s not needed? Do I give her housework (mom stuff – like deep cleaning of mom’s room?) Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Healthadvisor answers:

Really it’s whats fair and what will work for both of you. Mostly caregivers prepare food, bath, oversee medication, and that’s about it. So why not give the caregiver off on Friday’s and Saturday’s? I’m sure whatever it is you are going to be good to work for or you would not have posed this question to a forum. Good Luck.

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