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    Signs that you may have not made the best choice in aides

    Somehow, we have the feeling that many of you may be able to relate to our latest article. We spoke to some mobileWOMEN and compiled our top 10 list of ?so crazy that they are comical? indicators that the wrong helper was hired. Check it out! We'd love to hear your stories..
    http://www.mobilewomen.org/2016/05/s...best.html#more

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    Did you ever see the film "Passion Fish" (1992)?? My favorite part of the film is when the lead character (a woman with paraplegia played by Mary McDonnell) interviews and hires a succession of very strange attendants before she finally finds a good one (played by Alfre Woodard).

    Here is a clip of most of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBWkFzA2AYQ


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    Quote Originally Posted by WLC View Post
    Somehow, we have the feeling that many of you may be able to relate to our latest article. We spoke to some mobileWOMEN and compiled our top 10 list of ?so crazy that they are comical? indicators that the wrong helper was hired. Check it out! We'd love to hear your stories..
    http://www.mobilewomen.org/2016/05/s...best.html#more
    Love the list you put together and also liked the short video from SCI-Nurse. I have definitely had my share of aides. I had one who was a new hire to work the 3 pm to 11 pm shift. After 2 days of training with another aide she was turned loose to cover the shift herself. About 4 pm I wanted to get up out of bed. Prior to attempting this, which she had seen and had done in the presence of another aide, she called the aide who trained her and asked how to do it. Bottom line is she didn't know how to do it yet she said she did because she had run her own home health aide company. The key word is had. One other aide was placed on short term disability because she was run over by a parade float. She ran out to the float to shake someone's hand and somehow got run over. Oh the stories I could tell.
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    Some of the PCA applicants are unbelievable. I interviewed one last fall who had a lot of experience taking care of invalids like me including a couple in hospice care. I politely rejected her. She called me that evening and wanted to know if I was going to pay her for the time she spent during her trip to and from my house as well as the interview time.
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    I had 1 short lived attendant who had to quit because I had too much Grateful Dead memorabilia in my house (in Berkeley). She "knew" Jerry way back when and felt deadheads sucked his soul from him.

    I had another who didn't want to use her finger for dig stim (her only job was my bowel routine) and asked if she could try a tampon instead - uh no!
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