Well with my 3 clients I have 2 to 4 hour shifts. And there are times I do two of those shifts in one day. I personally am averging about 20 hours a week. Sometimes a few extra hours if they call for me to pick up a shift. But you have to remember that is what I personally want. I don't want to work a full 40 hour week.But if that is what you want then the company will do it's best to taylor your hours so that you can get the hours you need. So I would think they would put you with 8 to 12 hour shifts. Also be patient with your company as well. Some times if you want a lot of hours it takes time to get those hours. They might have to slowly build you up your clients so that you reach the hours you want to work. Now if you are willing lets say to work a night shift those tend to be 12 hour shifts then you could reach your 40 hours more easily. You also have to remember that you are working with about lets say 5 other care givers that take on shifts as well, so the amount of hours you get can vary and have to cordnate with their hours as well.
As for the clients, I have only been working for a year and have had 5 different clients, and none of them were too diffficult, so I really do not know a lot about the most difficult ones, but you could get someone that needs a hoyer lift, which I will tell you can be difficult and scarry in home care because it is just you trying to transfer these people with a hoyer and it is nerve wracking. You could have to do cath. Care. I am sure there are other things that home care people do for their clients that I can not think of right now but that is two things that I can think of that you could have to do.
Last edit by mvm2 on May 19, '13