Alas, my daughter and I are looking — again — for a caregiver for her. Her last caregiver was great, but health problems forced her to have to scale back. So, here we are again…
We’re looking for a younger woman with some experience as a caregiver, PCA or HHA to be a caregiver for our daughter. If you’re a person who really cares about the people you serve and are tired of working for big home-care agencies where rules and regulations make the job more of a grind than a joy, then this kind of caregiver opportunity may interest you.
Our daughter, age 20, lives with us in Framingham, MA. She’s smart, computer-literate, and has a great sense of humor. She’s healthy, communicates well and likes what girls her age like, but due to her cerebral palsy she’s confined to a wheelchair and is unable to move around without help.
Your primary responsibility will be to manage her personal care and needs, and this includes bathing, dressing, cooking, feeding, toileting, laundry, personal grooming and field trips. While no special needs certification is required, someone with a kind, positive and patient nature, and prior experience working with people with physical disabilities is required. The job also includes taking our daughter to and from her academic programs in Newton. This requires the caregiver to drive her from Framingham to Newton in the morning, and bring her back home to Framingham in the afternoon.
The job is a 25-30 hours/week position and the timing lays out like this:
- Monday: 6:00-9:00 am, and 2:30-9:00 pm
- Tuesday: 6:00-9:00 am, and 1:30-9:00 pm
- Wednesday: 6:00-9:00 am
- Sunday: 1:00-6:00 pm (Sunday hours are optional and negotiable)
The caregiver must be a punctual minded person with a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and an accident-free driving record. You need some familiarity with CP, wheelchairs, and commuter traffic. Our daughter is about 5 feet tall, weighs 90 pounds, and drives a motorized wheelchair. The caregiver must be able to transfer her to/from her wheelchair. A handicapped-equipped van is provided for her transportation, and all related driving expenses will be covered.
You must also be a non-smoker and fluent in English.