Today a new company came out and interviewed me for long term, in home care. I was encouraged that she showed up despite the pandemic. Most people want to interview over the phone but I wanted her to see the place and have an idea of what her company is getting into.
Her company hires older people, which I like. I like home makers and people who pay attention to details. I want someone calm, not someone who is a hot mess with no boundaries.
I told the company owner who came out here that her employee’s help will increase my quality of life IF they don’t dump on me and IF they understand what is appropriate speech and what is not. She was interested in my religion and wondered if I’d witness to her employee all the time. I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and it’s my joy to talk about the Bible, however, I told her that there is a time and place for everything. If I’m asked a question I’ll answer it but if not I don’t bring it up because I don’t think this is the right time for it. This is my care setting, not my ministry. But if she asks questions, I’ll be happy to answer and refer her to our website, JW.org. The company owner was comfortable with that answer.
When it comes to companies like these, I need them more than they need me. There are hundreds of thousands of patients to choose from but only a few hundred companies who offer in home care. Most of the companies are worthless and pay very little. She pays more and hires older than 18 and 20 year olds. They are simply too young for this job. They have to start somewhere but this job isn’t it.
So Monday will bring a new company and a new caregiver. Let us hope things have changed for the better.