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  • Home health aide - Private

    25 37.31%
  • Home health aide - Agency/insurance provided

    29 43.28%
  • No aide - Don't need one

    8 11.94%
  • No aide - Can't find one

    5 7.46%
  • 0 0%
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Thread: Who has home health aides?

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    Who has home health aides?

    I thought it would be interesting to see how many of our members have home health aides, or PCA's, and whether they're private or from an agency. Let's see if I can do the poll thing correctly! For the ease of posting the voting responses, i'm going to lump home health aides and PCA's in the same category.

    I'd be curious, for those who do have aides, if they're full or part time, but there was no room for additional responses.

    Tough times don't last - tough people do.

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    Home Help

    I am not sure how to vote.. Bluecross HMO is supposed to provide people to stay with Steve a few hours during the day to help him with personal care etc. I would not have considered it , but he recently had his first seizure since the accident(brain injury related). I was there this time, but what if it happens with me not there?

    The people at TIRR were no help at all when I asked about some kind of alarm system to alert me if it happens while I am at work. They sent brochure about a medic alert device that you have to puch a button for help. I guess Steve would have to anticipate a seizure coming and push the button From what I saw with his first seizure, there was no warning.

    So we recieved approval for the home aide but so far it has been a joke. They brought one lady to meet him and she was scheduled to start the next day.When she didn't arrive after 2 hours I called and they said she changed her mind because she is afraid of Steve's cat. I told them they could have called me and they responded by saying she would be happy to come if he would "do something about the cat". I told her to forget it and send this dumbass to a psychologist to find out why she is afraid of kitty-cats. Man, if she was afraid of Steve's little cat I am just glad she didn't stay long enough to see my Siberian Husky in the backyard

    Russ Byrd

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    Part-time, just for assistance in the morning. And for another couple weeks, help with supper.

    "It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible
    to find it elsewhere."
    --Agnes Repplier, writer and historian

  4. #4
    I've been blessed with good help over the years but dependence on help is by far the worst part of SCI.

    It does however, teach good management skills which will help you professionally. Bad people management skills in the office is a nuisance, in the home it is the difference between a tolerable life and utter despair.

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    I've had the worse luck with HHA's. I've always gotten them from agency's and have had very few who didn't steal, ask me to lie on time sheets, get too familiar too quickly, stop coming on time and doing what they are asked to do. I need one now but really don't want to go through that experience again.

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    Senior Member shacha's Avatar
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    Feb 2002
    bonita springs, fl


    we never had one we always had me i guess if we need one we could get one but from what i hear they arent much help.

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    Senior Member julran's Avatar
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    Mar 2002
    Gresham, OR
    Part time, I need help to get up and again to go to bed. I have been very fortunate in that the help I have hired the past two years has been very responsible and reliable. At one time one of my aides was through an agency, once when she was on vacation I went ahead and tried a couple of replacements on non shower mornings, Oh My Goodness, were they twits. Anyways, I have two very nice gals working for me right now.

    One day at a time...

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    Senior Member KLD's Avatar
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    Jul 2001

    PCA vs. HHA

    Keep in mind that in some states, a HHA must be certified and have a certain amount of education. In my state this is a legal designation, very similar but not identical to CNA. Neither are allowed by law to do caths, tube feeding, suctioning or bowel care.

    For this reason, and others as well we have chosen to use private PCAs for my mother, who are not required to have any prior training or experience. The one we have now happens to be a CNA as well, but she works privately (not through an agency) so can do any care we ask her to do. She is a gem, and recently moved into my old bedroom. She does not work full time as a PCA. She has a regular job at a local hospital which provides her with benefits, and is also going to school. She works for my mother a total of about 3-4 hours daily (it depends on the day of the week), and gets a salary plus board. I wish I could clone her for all of you, as she replaced some real loosers that we had before her.

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    Senior Member martha's Avatar
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    Jul 2001
    Texas hallelujah!
    Wish you'd put a category for "No Aide -- Can't afford one".

  10. #10
    Junior Member
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    Feb 2002
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    I'd like another category as well (I realise it's not possible):

    No outside help because I'm expected to cope with the lot.

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