When I took my first In Home Care job in 2002, I got one day of training. My first client was a quadriplegic who needed to have just about everything done for him. I had to get him out of bed using a hoyer lift, I had to feed him, when it was meal time, and I had to make sure he was taking his meds at the right time. When I started to take care of him overnight. I would have to turn him about every two hours. the one day of training was so i could learn how to get him into the hoyer lift sling.
At anytime there is an in home care provider taking care of an elderly or disabled individual who is susceptible to getting sick. As Care Providers it's our responsibility to stay home when we are sick. However currently in Idaho in home care providers don't get paid sick leave. So if we don't work we don't get paid. Which then forces us to have to decided if we are going to work and put our clients health at risk, or if we are going to stay home and lose money that could pay for food or other bills.