Here's the situation: my dad's in a nursing home. In November (I think) he suffered a small CVA which affected his left side. The nursing home was careless about checking his skin integrity and repositioning him, so he subseqently developed a Stage 4 pressure sore on his left buttock. He's been bedridden ever since, and on a vac pump. Nice move...take an elderly man with dementia, confine him to bed 24/7, ALONE in his room, with only the boob tube and the occasional visitor for stimulation!
So, yesterday, I get a call from the NH saying that he's too heavy care for them, and they would like us to hire a private caregiver 4 hours a day to feed him, bathe him, etc. He eats very slowly, and it takes 45 min. just to feed him one meal. My brother called the agency they recommended, and they're asking $19.50 an hour for a health care aide. I did some math in my head, and said, "Hmmmm....that's pretty good money, very nice hours...hey, Bro, how'd you like to hire your sister to do the job??"
I'm an RN, and I do homecare nursing, which, of course involves evenings and weekends. My schedule is very unpredictable, and sometimes days stretch past 5 pm, or start before 8 in the morning, and I'm paid per client, so my income is far from stable. To have a guaranteed, stable income, and still have enough time in the day for other things (looking after my sick husband, for instance, who's had a heart attack, stroke, and been dx. with Ca. of the bladder) would suit me just fine. To be PAID to look after a family member, and make sure he's getting the best possible care would be even better! Now, there's still the issue of who would look after my husband while I'm with my dad, but that's going to be an issue regardless of where I work, and it will be a lot easier to deal with if I have stable hours, instead of working 6 hours one day, and 10 hours the next, as often happens in my nursing job.
So, what d'ya think? Am I nuts? Maybe I could still do some evenings and weekends, to keep my hand in and my skills current with the nursing....