Hi Cameron, The biggest challenge for me is that caring never stops. It’s not like other jobs where you work 9-5 and then go home. Caring for a family member is a continuous 365 days of the year job.
I’m lucky in that I can leave my mum (age,90) on her own for a few hours. She has mobility problems.
I have a brother and 2 sisters who live an hours drive away. They visit once a week/fortnight and are surprised that I want ‘time off’ occasionally!
As for employing someone to care for a family member - ideally choose someone who seems kind with good references from previous employers. Plus someone who can drive and owns a car.
Depending on your carees needs you may need to employ 2 carers ( you cannot expect one person to work 7 days per week!
Plus sort out whether you’ll want the carer to work on bank holidays, the Christmas period etc and agree on a set number of weeks off per year.