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    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.

    Thanks.
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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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    • #3
      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...

      krajaxa
      (wife to t10 and mother of twin boys 3/27/04)
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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      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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                      • #12
                        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.
                        Injured:10-16-04
                        C7/C8, T1 incomplete;


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                        • #13
                          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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                          • #14
                            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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                            • #15
                              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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