Be careful when you are doing consumer-direct care…

People who decide to hire their attendant care person directly and use a payroll agency like PPL need to be careful comma because the consumer does not have a lot of protection against neglect or abuse. I know everybody thinks it couldn’t happen to them, but it absolutely could happen to you. What is the big drawbacks to using Direct Care Services is this if you don’t have a good backup in place the payroll agency doesn’t have to find you a replacement, because they are just a payroll agency. Let’s say your attendance start coming in later and she puts on her timesheet that she was there all day , what will you do? If you have a Stamper like most of us do, she can just stamp their own timesheets. What will you do when they start playing on your emotions? Allow me to do very little work because I am your emotional support. I am your friend when nobody else wants to be your friend. Sometimes it PCA will try to take over the whole situation like they are running the show instead of you. You will be in a position where you have to ask for permission just to live your own life. From a PCA perspective what will you do when your client ends up in the hospital or another PCA Sadducees your client away from you. A lot of PCA that need hours will try to seduce other clients from their Pca’s. They will point out all the things that person does it do for you, and all the things that can do better for you. Sometimes they are correct, but most times it’s just hype.

Beware of people who exaggerate their credentials

Right now I have a PCA that is exaggerating her credentials. I believe this woman is a pathological liar. This woman says she is a nurse and has special credentials in trek  care and feeding tube care. She also claims she used to drive for the emta lift service, which is our door to door bus service. You mean to tell me you have all these credentials, but you taken a job as a professional ass wiper. This weekend she told me that she could not work for me , because her back hurts from the accident that she got into with the company van. I naturally called the company to find out more about this accident and her injuries and they said that the van has not been driven for a while and there are no reported accidents. This lady also Clans to know the company director and he has stated then he does not know her and does not have any personal communication with her. Since day one she has claimed to have Tim’s personal number , but he has stated that he would never give his personal number out to anyone.

Avoid getting boxed in

I have been dealing with in home care for fifteen years.  The most dangerous thing you can do is hire a bunch of people from the same family at the same time. I’ve seen and been in some complicated attendant care stations.  For example if you hire a mother and daughter to take care of you;  it may become problematic when you need to terminate one of them. 

PCA Relationships

I want to talk about getting too close to your caregivers.  I use pca services, so I understand how difficult it can be to stay within professional boundaries. We are very exposed and not just because of our naked bodies; caregivers get to see things in our lives are private for most people.  People with disabilities spend a lot of time with their caregiver, so it becomes easier to share things in confidence.  The unfortunate truth is most caregivers   gossip about their clients to other people.  I feel whenever I tried to be client and friend my care suffered.  Our first responsibility is to ourselves and our care.  We all got to remember that they are being paid to take care of us, not to be our friends.

If you are looking to make friends, try getting involved in community activities.