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    Well your average PCA can:

    do some light cleaning... badly;
    make your bed... poorly;
    wash and fold your laundry... extra wrinkly;
    help make food... leaving plenty of crumbs and splashes to potentially feed an army of rats and roaches;
    wash your dishes... sort of;
    help you with stretching... ineffectively.

    Of course it is possible to find a good PCA but you often can't give them enough hours or pay to keep them around for long. It seems that most of the ones with enough ambition to do a good job tend to move on too quickly. Sometimes even the good ones will gradually slack off if you let them get away with things just because you don't want to come across as a hardass.

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    hah the more i read my posts it does express my laziness, but i dedicate it to other things like school and my recovery hah. that makes me feel better. :P

    Yeah it sounds like it will be an adventure, having a hot pca wouldn't be a bad idea. I hope to get the interviewing process done asap. hah

    Jeff, can they also drive me places? Here's the situation i'm in. If you've ever been down at Penn State Main Campus, its huge. I asked the Disability lady if I could drive my car and park it in like the lawn and walk to my classes from there. Of course they said, f that.

    The branch campus i'm at right now allows me to do that though. So they said, well if you could get someone to drive you, drop you off and pick you up that is fine. But you can't leave your car just sitting there. The handicap parking isn't an option because its not even close to my classes, so if i attempt to walk it, i'll pass out before i make it.

    So by walking everywhere i'm actually making it even more difficult but i can walk, so i'm going to do it.
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    Pca

    Cory,

    you can hire and fire them yourself as you please. You sign their hours and CRI signs their paycheck that goes straight to the PCA's home address.

    It's not lazyness to have one, if you are trying to focus on other things, it is a necessity. If you make certain amount of money, they want you to pay certain amount every month into it.

    You can make arrangements for your helper to drive you around, we had ours drive hubby to and from therapy, shopping, appointments before he got his van and hand controls put in (they used our car).

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    THanks for the info Krajaxa, u said they used you car. How did that work for insurance purposes? Did you put them on your insurance or did you just let them drive? My mom and I where confused on how that would work incase of an accident.
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    I don't use mine for driving but some can/do. If you hire privately you should get coverage for your PCAs if they are driving your car. If you use an agency many have their PCA employees covered to drive your vehicle. You have to pay 2 (or 3) times the wage of hiring directly yourself but they would be covered by workers comp and insurance in case someone hurts themself or damages something. If you use an agency ask around to find out which ones are good in your area and get documentation of their coverage. Some less discerning agencies will send you whoever shows up at their office whether they have any abilities, experience, or grasp of the English language.

    Don't get me wrong. I don't care where someone is from originally but if an agency sends someone that can't understand English well enough to grasp what I am trying to instruct them to do then it isn't fair to either of us.

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    We didn't cary them on our insurance, just allowed them to drive it for our purposes. We hired people that we trusted to be able to take that responsibility. We never used the agency's people since we didn't hear anything good about them. Placing ad on PA CareerLink or local newspaper generally brings plenty of resumes in to go thru and interview some of them. We've had the same people for couple of years now and it seems like it will be staying that way...

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    Awesome! thanks everyone for the advice/help
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    Quote Originally Posted by krajaxa
    We didn't cary them on our insurance, just allowed them to drive it for our purposes. We hired people that we trusted to be able to take that responsibility.
    Being responsible doesn't really matter when most accidents are accidents. I was a responsible driver too but that didn't protect me from my accident. If someone gets in an accident, or even worse hurts someone, you could both be charged and sued. I wouldn't let anyone drive my vehicle uninsured even though it costs more. Could you imagine paralyzing or giving someone brain damage and not having insurance to help them out?

    The above isn't meant to sound sarcastic. I would be seriously wary.

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    We had done it only for a very short period of time, until hubby had gotten is mini van.... BTW, our insurance covers the uninsured vehicle accidents as well.
    As a temporary solutions it was a necessity, I didn't recommend it, but admitted to doing so. It's a gamble, but gow many of you have money invested in stocks? Same thing...

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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
    You mean his aunt.

    No offense, mr_coffee, but you don't need a caregiver at all, in my opinion. Your aunt is already being too nice. You'll find time to party in college, and you'll find time to do your own laundry and grocery shopping. Or maybe you'll do what most college guys do, take laundry back home and eat and get leftovers while mom (or aunt) does laundry.

    Seriously though, try toughening up on the stigma of being in a wheelchair for 30 minutes and clean your own dorm room, do your own laundry and do your own grocery shopping. It's not going to take that much time, and you'll feel better about it in the long run. I did it all myself and went to class, living alone, and all from a chair full-time, quad hands and all.

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