About 9 years ago a friend of mine since high school lost her job, was left by her husband, was in a boating accident and hospitalized and was unable to work a full time job for awhile.All this in one week!!!!!
My hubby and I were doing pretty well with our jobs, and after talking it over we hired her to do some simple but appreciated chores for us a couple days per week and paid her reasonably without being obviously 'sorry for her'(and charged her $50 per month to live in our guest building--all inclusive with food). Nothing overly strenuous due to her injuries--but some scheduling, paperwork, sewing and mending, watching our animals when we took our weekend trips....things that were very light and not physically taxing.
She was able to work again after 4 months and got a good job (one worthy of her skills). I think she knew we 'helped' her out--but could never prove it. We weren't talking.....but just felt like she really needed a good break for once!!! About a year and a half later, we went on a weekend trip and when we came back--she had a landscaping firm in to totally mow, trim, tidy and repair all our yards!!! She even had them do the really small fountain/garden I had talked to her about wanting someday.....what an amazing friend!! She still is!!
Other than that--no domestic help would be wanted--we value our complete privacy!!!!