A former housekeeper says she’s never looked forward to working at a home.
Her husband, a father of two, was a housekeeper at a retirement home in suburban Los Angeles, but he never wanted to be a housekeeping assistant again.
So, he decided to get a job in a retail store, hoping that might give him a leg up on the competition.
The man, whose name has not been released, had been working for an upscale chain of convenience stores in Orange County.
He left to take a job as a personal trainer.
His wife, a registered nurse, has since joined the workforce.
But that’s not what’s keeping him from finding the homekeeping jobs he needs to keep his family fed and safe.
“My job is to make sure that the family is fed and comfortable,” said the man, who requested anonymity because he has family in the nursing profession.
“I’m not a maid, I’m not an assistant.”
He says his wife doesn’t know where he’ll be working, but she’s glad he’s looking for a job that pays $10 an hour and requires him to stay at home and clean up after the elderly and people with disabilities.
The elderly caretaker who’s been at the retirement home for eight years says he’s been a great employee, helping keep the home looking neat, tidy and organized.
But he says he also wants to have a life.
He’s not sure he’s qualified for the job because he’s over the age of 55 and needs help caring for himself and his family, not just the elderly.
He said he would like to get paid more, but doesn’t think he’s up for it right now.
He also has a history of substance abuse and says he doesn’t want to deal with the emotional toll of caring for people with dementia and other disabilities.
“I’m sick of dealing with it, and I think that’s the worst thing,” he said.
He says he hopes to get back into the nursing industry someday.
“Hopefully I can get a position where I can do a little more of that,” he added.