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    #16
    You are not likely to find someone who will work only "on call" without paying them to be on call. It is much better to have a set schedule, know when they will be there, and when they are late, and contract with your PCA based on this. Many PCAs have other jobs, either as a PCA or working as a nurses aide, or have childcare and family responsibilities that preclude them just being at your beck and call all the time. Of course for special events you can negotiate a change in time, but this should be based on mutual agreement.

    Of course if you are hiring full time or live in, then you may be able to arrange a more flexible schedule. Keep in mind that in most areas (such as my state) a live-in person must be given at least one day off per week (by law), so you would still need at least 2 people.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #17
      u think i could just pay a set amount every week whether i use there services or not that week?

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        #18
        I did that newspaper routine, but I've made sure I interviewed people at a public place, occasionally I found some really good people, but the best luck I have had has been word-of-mouth from one friend to another always found somebody. Of course I will never be happy, they don't know how to clean or their driving sux.
        keiffer66

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          #19
          Besides the nursing school advice, you might also try PT, OT and Speech programs. Ask if you can post an advertisement on their communication board.

          You can also try churches and synagogues. Soemtimes there is someone who is looking for work and it may work out.

          Do careful screenings and know that your first try may not work. BUt I have known many people that this has worked for.

          CKF
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            #20
            Places

            I post at all the college boards, the newspaper, coffee/laundry shops, the hospital. Tell many friends too because word of mouth has gotten me a lot of help. Make sure you check out applicants references.

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            Santa Clara Valley Medical has an online caregiving application which has good sample questions. I cannot find it now but here's their info

            For additional information please email: scvmed.rehab@hhs.co.scl.ca.us
            or call 408.885.2000
            751 South Bascom Avenue
            San Jose, California 95128
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            The online sources I use are

            http://www.craigslist.org - free to post and forwards email
            http://sanfrancisco.networkofcare.or...orum/index.cfm - free message board with different cities.
            http://www.backpage.com/ - free various areas

            Finding and keeping good caregivers is one of the hardest things. The good ones are like gold. Good Luck!

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              #21
              www.tbi-sci.org/pdf/pas.pdf This is the 26 page Santa Clara Valley Med Booklet mentioned before.

              Check out this great thread
              /forum/showthread.php?t=10794

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                #22
                posting at massage therapy schools works too.

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