Exciting accomplishments

I was able to hold on to the exercise bike A lot longer, and when I got home today I was able to with the poncho that I was wearing over my head by myself.

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.

Do Not Have These Conversations…

I feel that one biggest problems in dealing with personal caregivers, you can never be honest about how you feel.  If you tell your personal caregiver they are not your friend, they act all wounded, but when you act as their friend you must have an attachment disorder.  Don’t ever tell your caregiver that you get lonely, because they will look at you like a sexual criminal.   

Don’t fall for the fake friendship

A lot of personal care assistants will try to fake a friendship with you, so they can avoid doing actual work. This will make taking care of you harder on the person coming in behind them. You need to remember that they are there because they’re getting paid to be. A lot of  Pca’s  start to feel burnt out because their clients expects them to hang out with them all the time. This can cause resentment with both parties. Personal care assistance will point out all the reasons why your other staff is it taking care of you right, just so they can get the hours. In this field pca’s are always trying to gain more hours. Sometimes it’s more  convenient to start drama with the client you already have and coworkers,  so they don’t have to go find another client.

Whomever controls your finances, controls you

Whomever controls your finances, controls you. The best person to manage your money Is you, but that sometimes cannot happen. The person who controls your finances, should never be your caretaker. Caretakers should never have that much power over their clients. I know it is hard to think of your caretaker as a temporary employee, but that is exactly what they are. I have heard horror stories about Mecca managing people’s money and stealing it. If you use an agency like this, always get a receipt and demand to see a paper trail of your expenses. You have the right to know where your money is going.

Wedged in

Sometimes I feel that the people in the higher positions in these in-home care agencies take advantage of most in home caregivers by giving them low wages, because they view them as an uneducated class of people. Most of the people in this field are working class mothers who are struggling to make ends meet. Most of these women are single mothers who only have a high school diploma or GED, so the job prospects are slim pickings. These caregivers should be elevated not degraded. I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for. We do ask these caregivers to do a lot of things most people would not do.

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.