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    What an idiot, he just lost his best client.

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    So I pay this caregiver $10 an hour to do small things around the house. Literally, he does just about nothing except drive me around to meet up with people for lunch, go to the bank, grab food, install my shower bench, clear out caths, etc.

    The agency that I got him from, pays him $8 an hour. I decided to give the guy a break, and not have to deal with the agency while at the same time giving him an opportunity to make a little more money, while doing hardly anything.

    So today this mofo gets here at 2:15 (I asked him to be here at 1pm, but understood if he were late)

    He gets here, im already ready, so I hop in the car we run some errands. we finish at about 5:20. However, I forgot something, and had him go grab it for me at some store near by. he makes it back at around 5:45. So, this means I owe him $35 dollars. Why is it, this guy starts going off about how he got to my place at 2pm, and that I actually owe him $40 dollars???????

    Ok first off you muppet, you're even lucky I pay you extra for not doing jack shit (the caths werent even cleared out today). The agency pays you $8 an hour, and you have to deal with people that are by far less independent than I am. So not only do you have it easy, you are getting paid 2 dollars more than usual. and this is how you thank me? So, I gave him $40 dollars, and let him get away with it.

    Congrats! You just lost your best client, while someone else, more considerate will GLADLY replace you. Ive had caregivers wanting to work for me, and were even willing to take less money than the agency because im such an easy client to deal with. literally, you get to come with me to cool places, and chill out with me and my friends, and help me go grocery shopping. what more can you ask for? I gave him the job, while the other people quit the agency. So now, I cant even get a hold of the 2 caregivers that wanted to work with me.

    Im so pissed on how greedy people can be, esp when you're trying to help them. I could see if it were strict business, but seriously, this guy comes here finishes within the hour and lounges around. this one time, i decided to be punctual because my funds are flying out the window at an alarming rate, he decides to get weird. wtf.


    fuck it. im over it. if you know anyone in the los angeles area that would like a chill job, with hardly any effort...by all means, contact me. if not, ill go thru the agency and find another person that would take the offer with open arms.

    #2
    If I had to be in your situation, I'd definately incorporate a sign-in book! Then you can mutually agree on the time when he/she gets there .. and when they leave .. two signatures - yours, theirs.
    Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

    T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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      #3
      great idea actually!

      i just did a phone interview with an 18 year old girl. Sort of young, but I mean, hell, its not like Im asking her to cath me, or feed me. She'd literally be running small errands 2 times a week. cant get any easier than that.

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        #4
        We had the same problem with son's aide chronically coming in late and leaving early, and expecting to be paid his full 'clock time'. A sign in book wouldn't work, because he continually said his car clock was different than our house clock, lol. I finally bought a time clock so he had to punch in and out; solved the problem. You can get them at Office Depot, etc.
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          #5
          We don't know what we have until it's gone. Perhaps he'll learn a lesson.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Le Type Français
            We don't know what we have until it's gone. Perhaps he'll learn a lesson.
            Unfortunately, most of them don't learn a lesson; they p and m about how unfair their employer was, and don't get that being prompt is a job requirement.

            PS - Love your avator and the Brightman quote!
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              #7
              Originally posted by marmalady
              PS - Love your avator and the Brightman quote!
              Merci, j'adore Sarah!

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                #8
                This does not offer a solution to your problem but I would just like to say that one of the worse things is having to depend on somebody else to do even minor things. Sooner or later, they take advantage because it’s not easy to find a replacement. Plus, there is no more privacy. In my case where my speech is unclear, they have to answer my phone calls too. I let them fax documents for me and help me with printing from the computer (meaning, they can read a part, if not all). They also open my mails for me and help me affix my thumbmark on certain documents. I learned to ingratiate and keep my cool many times. If I cannot take it anymore, I look for somebody else. This cycle will be repeated again for the newbie. So far, I haven’t found anyone well suited.

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                  #9
                  Just outta curiosity, you're a para, right? Are you working towards being more independent, like driving and doing personal care (i.e. cleaning caths)? That way you wouldn't have to rely on anyone else to do all your errands.

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                    #10
                    wow, i just read this after your rant in the hunting thread about 'weak quads' and seriously dude, i just lost any bit of respect there was to be had for a tool of your caliber. you really must have a ridiculously high opinion of yourself, imight. you let them chauffeur you around, let them shop for your groceries, let them clean your catheters, and if they're lucky you even let them chill with you and your boys... and after all that you can't figure out why someone wouldn't try harder to show up on time?

                    kinda funny that you of all people, mr. asia c walking PARA, would have the balls to call a quad weak. if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black, i don't know what is.

                    all aboard, imight is the captain
                    "All of us are all too stuck strapped to a chair watching our lives blow up..."

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                      #11
                      If he can afford to hire help like this, then that is his decision, isn't it??? Who are you to judge someone else and how they use their resources? Do you say that to a working mother who decides to hire someone to clean the house or do some babysitting or the the busy executive who hires someone to mow his yard?

                      On the other hand, iMight, do you have a contract with your employee? Does it spell out the consequences of and define "tardiness"? If not, why not? We have that in our contract, and it clearly states that more than 3 episodes of tardiness (over 15 minutes late) can be cause for termination at any time at the discretion of the employer. You may want to be more clear about the priority of dependability when you interview and check references, and have a personal contract for this type of employee.

                      (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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                        #12
                        go jbinny!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by SCI-Nurse
                          If he can afford to hire help like this, then that is his decision, isn't it??? Who are you to judge someone else and how they use their resources? Do you say that to a working mother who decides to hire someone to clean the house or do some babysitting or the the busy executive who hires someone to mow his yard?
                          good for him, he has money to burn and i could care less... hell, if i felt the need i could have someone wait on me hand and foot all day long BUT i'm not that lazy. i'd rather risk spilling/dropping something simply because at the end of the day i did everything that i could for myself.
                          i have a problem with him criticizing how someone else spends their money, calling them a weak quad, and pointing out the things that could have been done and places visited to support a cure. see post 27 /forum/showthread.php?t=88538&page=3

                          as for those other examples... apples and oranges, kld, you're comparing apples and oranges
                          "All of us are all too stuck strapped to a chair watching our lives blow up..."

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by KiranA
                            Just outta curiosity, you're a para, right? Are you working towards being more independent, like driving and doing personal care (i.e. cleaning caths)? That way you wouldn't have to rely on anyone else to do all your errands.
                            yes. problem is, my chair does not fit in the bathroom and my house is not accessible. I bought a ramp, but its too steep, I can go up and down what little stairs we have, but I still have to practice carrying the wheelchair behind me while doing so. so until i move (which is tough in cali) ill pay for help. The guy usually comes 3-4 hours a day 2 times a week. My mom comes around and helps with the shower bench, and cleans hard to reach places. If I had my own bathroom, I would probably only need someone once a week, for deep cleaning.


                            @KLD--Dont worry about jbinny, he has some personal issue with me, because my screen name and text upset him. I think he thinks that I give a damn if he respects me or not. who is he? nobody as far as I know. LOL.

                            damn jbinny, i didnt think my text would cause so much hurt. its just little ol me, my opinions dont mean shit. if it makes you feel any better, im sorry man. i love you. hopefully within ten years theres a cure and we can hang out, and ill buy you a bottle of rum and we'll jog around and harass the ladies with our new functions, hopefully its during a nebraska vs USC game so I can taunt you some more.
                            i didnt mean to sting ya man.

                            ive seen some pretty racist shit on here, but i just laugh it off, if i took what these screen names said to heart id be a mess. lol.

                            anyways back on topic--there is no contract between the caregiver and I. I took him from the agency I used to go thru. I used to have care 5 days a week, but when I got better I dumped them, and decided to have him come 1-2 times a week on my own dollar. I think the time sheet is a great idea, but I interviewed someone else, so I may just go with her and have her use a time sheet. the other caregiver pissed me off, I dont like dealing with people like that. He's come late and left early many of times, it wasnt until this past weekend that I decided to be punctual.
                            Last edited by Imight; 3 Feb 2008, 11:04 PM.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by clueless
                              This does not offer a solution to your problem but I would just like to say that one of the worse things is having to depend on somebody else to do even minor things. Sooner or later, they take advantage because it’s not easy to find a replacement. Plus, there is no more privacy. In my case where my speech is unclear, they have to answer my phone calls too. I let them fax documents for me and help me with printing from the computer (meaning, they can read a part, if not all). They also open my mails for me and help me affix my thumbmark on certain documents. I learned to ingratiate and keep my cool many times. If I cannot take it anymore, I look for somebody else. This cycle will be repeated again for the newbie. So far, I haven’t found anyone well suited.
                              I hear you.

                              Its coming along. One thing that sets me back is my elbow, it was shattered in the accident, so its still a bit weak. I barely went to outpat for the first time in Dec (6 months post), all because my elbow (which I had surgery on twice) was very limited. we didnt want to pop it out of place AGAIN.

                              having a car is very very important around here, public transportation is a joke, while most stores and places are not that far, it may take up to an hour to get to said places. its quite sad actually. what would normally be a 15 min drive...because of LA traffic takes 45min to an hour.

                              I plan on getting my own car again, but even if I did, Id still need to be able actually go to my car, which is impossible until I figure out a way to walk down what little stairs we have, while carrying my wheelchair behind. this is where my elbow comes into play.....

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