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    Senior Member mr_coffee's Avatar
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    What all can a caregiver do for a college student?

    Hello everyone,

    In a few months i'm going to be living in my own apartment in state college to finish up my degree, yay!

    I'm pretty independant as it is, infact I could do everything on my own if i had the time to do it. If no one is there I can always figure out how to get things done it just takes awhile.

    I do walk full time, but it takes alot of effort/energy and if my back is loose it makes walking extra hard.

    I'll be able to make my own food, but i won't be able to go shopping by myself. Doing my own landry might also be a problem because the laundry area isn't near my apartment and there isn't anywhere to sit if i get tired.

    So i'm assuming they can do all these things without a problem, my aunt right now is my caregiver, and she ends up cleaning as well.

    Will a real caregiver also do cleaning? or is my aunt just being nice? I also was wondering can the caregivers do stretching? My major issue is stretching my hamstrings that my mom usually help me to do.

    I'm not sure if this matters, but the people i'm going through are called CRI.

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    If you hire privately, a PCA can do whatever you contract with them to do. This can include homemaking such as cleaning or shopping, personal care, bowel and bladder care, help with exercises, even suctioning or running a vent.

    If you hire from an agency, there are likely to be MANY restrictions on what a CNA or HHA can do that would require an LVN or RN (at much more money).

    What is CRI? Is this the funding agency? An insurance company? Will they let you private hire or do they require you to use an agency? What do they say they cover?

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    CRI - Community Resources for Independence

    ... hubby has been using them for the last 3 years, when he reluctantly agreed to sign up after about a 6 months talking to their director. He calls his helpers Home Attendants. They help him do shopping, laundry, cooking, some light cleaning and stretching, standing on braces, etc. The rep from the agency usually has a list and they will go thru everything with you to find out what you need help with. That's how they then figure out how many hours you qualify for. You can either use their people, but it's easier to just find and hire someone yourself and train them what they need to know.

    Hope this helps...

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    Thanks alot krajaxa! When you said its eaiser to find and hire someone yoruself, does that mean u have to pay out of your own pocket for them? Or does that mean you can interview them? and then CRI still pay for it?
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    Hey dude I know you said you walk full time and are unable to do grocery shopping, which is understandable since your arms are full with your sticks. But if you have a manual wheelchair, I suggest using that for grocery shopping man, if nothing else. It really makes it easy- just grab one of those small plastic baskets and set it on your lap while you push. I am able to get almost everything I need this way. it does require planning ahead since you can only grab so much stuff, but it is worth it for the independence.

    Just a suggestion. I don't know about the PCA, sorry man.

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    Can't you grab onto the cart and use it to walk around the store and grab your groceries? Then get help to your car? Or if you're walkin' to the store you can probably purchase a small cart that you can wheel to and from the grocery store. Just a thought.
    Daniel

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_nc
    Can't you grab onto the cart and use it to walk around the store and grab your groceries? Then get help to your car? Or if you're walkin' to the store you can probably purchase a small cart that you can wheel to and from the grocery store. Just a thought.
    Yeah, that's an idea too. Those carts are usually free, at least everywhere I've seen them.

    Plus man you'll be in a college town and I'm sure there will be plenty of people that are willing to help. Maybe even some cute girls.

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    hah good idea guys!
    dan_nc the reason i can't use a cart is becuase of my trunk control. At my level its very hard to keep my spine straight once my abs/back get fagitued.

    Really the independance part doesn't bother me. I wouldn't have time to go shopping, do laundry, etc while being a Jr. Computer Engineering and also doing research on the side, not to mention therapy. I'll barely have time to do my bowel program hah.

    I know if i go back into the chair I can do everything on my own. But as soon as I get in the chair, I get depressed as hell, even if i'm only in it for 30 minutes.

    If worse comes to worse i'll do it on my own, but if i can hire a pca for free i'll take advantage of that. Once I graduate college then i'll have no problem of doing everything on my own because i would want to be indepdendant at that point.
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    Grocery shop online Cory you lazy sob You don't want a pca, just a college replacement for your mom.........preferably a hot one. Too weird? Sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by RehabRhino
    Grocery shop online Cory you lazy sob You don't want a pca, just a college replacement for your mom.........preferably a hot one. Too weird? Sorry
    ahahah!

    Cory's mom has got it goin on...

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