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  • #16
    Originally posted by Quadzila@optonline.net View Post
    Hello everyone,
    great timing for this thread, I'm looking for help on the weekends and also have a question regarding Medicare coverage for home health aides. I haven't put up any ads yet but will probably put one up on craigslist very soon, I just don't know what to list as a starting pay? I would only need the person for one hour on Saturday and Sunday nights. It would involve transferring me from my wheelchair into bed and changing out of my clothes. Any suggestions? I occasionally get the help of a friend that's a home health aide from an agency (not the agency I use) and pay her $20 an hour.

    Regarding Medicare, I'm currently getting home health aide care as well as nursing care from an agency near where I live. The home health aides come seven days a week, two hours every morning and one hour every evening except for those weekend evenings. The nurse comes once a week to give me a testosterone injection. But my agency says it will not cover any more hours than I already have and I would have to pay out of pocket for them to help me on those weekend evenings. Is anybody familiar with the Medicare guidelines for this and how many hours of aide coverage a person could get covered weekly?

    Thanks!
    As far as finding a caregiver for one hour, you can pretty much forget about that unless you're going to pay $25 for that hour. I pay my weekend night caregivers $25 for two hours worth of work. During the weeknights I pay $20 a night for two hours worth of work even if some of that time they're just hanging out watching TV with me. I pay for all of that out-of-pocket and it doesn't affect my Medicare or caregiver hours. As far as how many hours you can get depends on a lot of things. It depends on how much you're capable of doing on your own and I think a little bit on how much you're getting for income, but I could be wrong. Good luck finding someone.
    C-5/6, 7-9-2000
    Scottsdale, AZ

    Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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    • #17
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      • #18
        As far as background checks - there are some sites where the caregivers pay for their own background check. One in particular is Care.com I don't know if I'm allowed to post that.. but its just an example. Ask the caregiver if he/she has paid for their own background check somewhere... most are willing to do this on their own these days.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by nickelo View Post
          As far as background checks - there are some sites where the caregivers pay for their own background check. One in particular is Care.com I don't know if I'm allowed to post that.. but its just an example. Ask the caregiver if he/she has paid for their own background check somewhere... most are willing to do this on their own these days.

          Welcome to CC. You're a caregiver.
          Wild guess..... rybread's?
          Glad you joined!!! Mona
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          • #20
            Originally posted by nickelo View Post
            As far as background checks - there are some sites where the caregivers pay for their own background check. One in particular is Care.com I don't know if I'm allowed to post that.. but its just an example. Ask the caregiver if he/she has paid for their own background check somewhere... most are willing to do this on their own these days.

            Holy cow you posted!!!!!!! And here I thought you'd be too much of a chicken to do that, in your own words of course.
            Mona, she's not my caregiver but a dear online friend that wants a really bad, LOL. Just kidding Mrs. Nickel. Keep on posting.
            C-5/6, 7-9-2000
            Scottsdale, AZ

            Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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            • #21
              Okay like I said wild guess.
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              • #22
                This economy must be a bummer. Two prospective PCAs called me out of the blue in the past week. One worked for me occasionally about a year ago. The other was a friend of a friend.

                I didn't even post an ad.

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                • #23
                  It would be a bit of a commute ..... alabama to arizona.

                  Welcome Nickelo!
                  T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                  • #24
                    thanks - i finally had something to say i guess - ryan - your going to get it! - thanks mona for the complement, i almost took care of rybread but he scared me off! LOL (just kidding ryan!)
                    Last edited by nickelo; 01-06-2009, 04:04 PM.

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                    • #25
                      You know, people in the care giving profession have to be careful, as well. They, too, can be in danger when going to meet a perspective employer, whether it is in the home or some off site location. It is always advisable for a caregiver (especially if they are private and work for themselves) to have another person go with them to the initial interview.

                      Me!

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                      • #26
                        I tried craigslist with poor results. 2 responses and 1 of those was asking if the ad was real. In a city of 300k, I get maybe 5-10 calls for my newspaper ad. I need 4 hours sat and 4 hours sunday mornings.

                        That's not enough pay or time for them I guess. Most are looking to sit on their ass for 12 hours or get sleeping shifts. I'm so close to being totally independent, but so far away. I keep trying to get my body stronger, and it keeps fighting me. Bad economy.. ya right.. we're the only nation that has fat poor people.
                        www.myquadriplegia.com

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                        • #27
                          This last ad that I posted I got over 60 responses for for a daytime caregiver. I found one with lots of experience and who really enjoys working with spinal cord injury as opposed to someone with no experience like a usually hire, which I normally prefer to two so I can train them in exactly how I want it done. But this lady knows how to transfer and all that stuff so maybe I can avoid using the lawyer lift for a little while, at least during the day. But I specifically put in my ad that I'm looking for someone in their 20s or 30s because we would be spending so much time together I would want somebody who would relate to me. I got a lot of responses from people in their early 40s to the late 50s. This new lady I hired was blown away about how much function I have for my level and what I can do. She said she worked for another C-5 who was really lazy and didn't like to do anything for himself and eventually fell in love with her and began pestering her. She had to change her phone number and everything to stop him from bugging her. I've never hired someone with experience before so this should be different.
                          Last edited by rybread; 02-11-2009, 06:53 PM. Reason: silly voice-recognition didn't listen to me
                          C-5/6, 7-9-2000
                          Scottsdale, AZ

                          Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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                          • #28
                            Awesome that you found someone with experience and seemingly the right attitude! My only caveat would be that if there is a routine you do a specific way, make it clear that that is the way you expect it to continue. Our experience has been that people do things differently, and sometimes that can get in the way. Just be really clear on how you want things done. We usually say something like - we have our routine that works for us, and is best/safest/easiest for Matt. If you have suggestions, we'd love to hear them, but we make the decision on changing up any routine. Good luck - keep us posted!
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                            • #29
                              Well I'm sure she'll have some great ideas to bring to the table also, although I'll make sure she understands that I have a routine that works for me very well. She says she does a lot of occupational and physical therapy for her clients which will be great, because it's been a long time since I've done either of those. I do have a ton of exercise equipment, including an Uppertone and a rickshaw (a press down machine that my neighbor built for me) so I'm all set up for working out at home. The tricky part is going to be keeping her occupied the first couple of weeks while I'm on bed rest. But I guess there's plenty to do around my house as far as cleaning goes, plus I have a Nintendo Wii that we can play. I believe there will be plenty around here for me to find her to do.
                              C-5/6, 7-9-2000
                              Scottsdale, AZ

                              Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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                              • #30
                                This is all very interesting, who is responsible for liability of any kind? Do you have special insurance? Thanks for the thread!

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