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  •  ok, I've years of experience in this field (0+ / 0-)

    I worked as a nursing home worker while attempting to get into nursing school. (thought it would be good on resume)
    Later I performed as my son's IHSS worker (in california we've a program called in home support services to assist seniors and the disabled).
    luckily in california IHSS workers are unionized, so do make above the minimum wage.  They do not make overtime. and they do not pay into social security! Anyway, the work is hard, physically demanding and emotionally demanding.  You become attached to the people you care for, but their situation is precarious and it is easy to lose them, to death, moving because their relatives move, or because they move to another facility for heavier levels of care.  You often have to cover for others and this requires heavy overtime (not covered by overtime laws) generally, not work that would be sought by anybody with better choices.  The lack of pay is only adding insult to injury.

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