hi, i'm a home health aid right now in nursing school
i probably only got hired because of my gender, its seems most people prefer a caregiver of their own gender. personally, i would rather have a woman around. i also feel i haven't gotten other jobs because i am a man and they were looking for a female. so i have never had the chance to work with female patients.
from talking with coworkers though, it seems like men want the mechanical part done well and fast, with less chit chat, and women want to discuss how they feel more....not a slight to the women who are looking in....just an observation.
my patient and i almost never talk about feelings, we almost exclusively talk shop, or about the eagles, the ncaa, or baseball.