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  • #16
    I'm glad when they dont show for the interview. Saves me from firing them when they don't show up for the job.
    www.myquadriplegia.com

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    • #17
      I had the same problem with IHSS (In-Home Supportive Services). Of course, that was when I was still on Medicare/Medi-Cal.

      Then I finally got a nursing agency, and would have a lot of the same problems: a CNA once attached a leg bag so tight to my leg that, four hours later, my foot was purple!

      I've posted help wanted ads at local hospitals, at local colleges, Western Career College, Craig's list... Craig's list, here in the California Bay Area, costs $75 a posting.

      And people don't show up. The last time I was hiring, 30 telephone interviews, 4 people who showed up. Two of them were definite no-no's (don't bring someone with you when you're trying to get a job); I ended up hiring someone who also worked at a nursing home.

      I guess I've been lucky.
      4/6/97, car accident, C5. http://raccoon-kathleen.blogspot.com/

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      • #18
        People no show all time, it's pathetic. What I do that has cut way back on the number of no-shows is I have them call me back to confirm. That puts the onus on them. So say it's a Monday and people are calling about the ad I have in the paper. I set up an interview w/ them on Wednesday. I tell them to call me Tuesday to confirm the appt.

        This works well b/c they don't have to tell it straight to you that they aren't interested in the job. Instead, they just don't bother calling back, so they save face. This technique has worked very well for me.

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        • #19
          I've had really good luck using Craig's list and MySpace with the topic of dependable caregiver needed. Here is a quote of my ad:
          Caregiver needed for a 29-year-old C-5 male
          quadriplegic. Job duties would include cooking,
          cleaning, helping me with my daily living activities,
          driving, and basically being my fingers when I need
          things done. I try to keep things simple and little bit
          fun.
          Requirements would be dependability, dependability, and
          a general good nature, and oh yeah, did I mention
          dependability. Also, dependable transportation and
          fluent English are a must. Experience would help but is
          not necessary.
          The hours I'm looking to fill would be on Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. which pays $9 per hour and I need to fill this position BY MONDAY.
          If this job interests you send me an e-mail with your phone number so I may contact you right away. If you have any experience, please note that also
          I'm located in North Scottsdale around Scottsdale and
          cactus roads
          and I've never had a no-show.
          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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          • #20
            Originally posted by hapahouli
            jb,

            Thanks for sharing. Hang in there and don't get desperate! I once went through an agency(for a morning shift only!) and they sent over Aunt Jemima, no kidding. She had little knowledge of ROM, going through Menapause, sweating profusely, had to redo her make up 3 times, no clue how to cath, and the agency charged me $23/hr! I'll never use an agency again!Danny
            Consider yourself lucky because in Australia the agency rate starts from 32.90 AUD( ~ 28 ~USD) per hr & that is for a PCA that will not do your ROM , cath you ,do your bowel care or clean your house.
            Will shower, dress & feed (must have meals already prepared).
            For ROM, cath , bowel care an enrolled nurse is suitable & rate starts from 43 AUD p/hr pending on experience.

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            • #21
              I generally experience no-shows in the range of approximately 20% give or take 5%. I would like not to do the interviews in my home, however, when I have seven interviews scheduled in one day, I am not going to sit in a public store all day.

              Actually, I found an interesting phenomenon lately. Recent job candidates were actually fearful that they were being set up and led into a house to be raped, kidnapped, robbed etc. They thought the job ad was a scam to lure than into a trap. So several of them brought a friend to wait outside should their friend not exit the home within a reasonable time.

              All in all, a pretty sad state of affairs for our society.

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              • #22
                I am incredably lucky to not need much help and having the most incredable wife in the world. Here's an idea. offer more $ on a trial basis. If you are not getting quality people for the $ you WANT to pay, maybe you won't get the quality you expect. simple economics, supply and demand. Tell all that you hire that the wage is up for review in 30 days. weather it be up or down.
                Dave E. C6-7 Incomp. Quad 9-06

                "NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR DREAMS!"
                "THERE IS NOTHING BETTER FOR THE INSIDE OF A MAN / WOMAN THAN THE OUTSIDE OF A HORSE"

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by jbinny
                  Oh my god, are you serious?

                  That's like telling someone who makes a 'Mr. Clean' joke is insulting 'European Americans' and men.

                  KLD, did you ever stop and think that maybe the lady actually looked like the large black woman on the syrup bottle?
                  Hello Jbinny,
                  I just saw this thread but I wanted to post a little something in defense of African-Americans. I'd be a hypocrite if I said that I was totally comfortable around black people, etc. So this is just very general and not aimed at you specifically.The depiction of the large black woman (Aunt Jemima) on those bottles is a gross reminder of the "house slave" that many black women were in the pre-Civil War South. It didn't end when slavery ended though as many people hired blacks at cheap wages to cook for them and clean for them - thereby perpetuating the role of black women as servants to the white man. The Aunt Jemima depiction is a subtle way of sub-humanizing black women -- at least to a level below that of white Europeans. By contrast, white men have never been stereotypically viewed as "Mr. Cleans" who perform the servile work of cleaning other people's floors - and, indeed, that's not the role that white men have played in our society. So, I just wanted to point out why the "aunt jemima" reference is not harmless.

                  As for offending women, I think KLD was talking more about the poster's discussion of some very vulgar things related to bodily function. The functions themselves are not vulgar but for men to discuss them publicly like he did and to belittle this woman for it - it is vulgar. But I'm pretty religious and I do not know what you would consider acceptable and what you would consider vulgar.

                  That's not to say that I'm not concerned for your plight. I hope you have a much better experience finding a caregiver who will show up for an interview. As for the other guy, I hope he finds a caregiver that is not a "large black woman" if that's not what he wants (I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing).

                  Shavua Tov!
                  Sean

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                  • #24
                    Sean,

                    I agree that the Aunt Jemima image is offensive.

                    I don't think bringing up menopausal symptoms is offensive to women. If it is, some women need to cool off. We all deal with bodily functions that are not pleasant at times in life.

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