Sunday, October 2, 2011
Explaining a PCA
Once we were approved, this government agency assigned us a certain amount of hours a week based on the need. They gave us 20 hrs (which we were told is a LOT and rather rare for them to give that much) But it covered perfectly the time that I was working. I put a Craigslist ad out and interviewed several girls (they pay $10 an hour).
I hired the girl that we felt most comfortable with and who interacted the best with Addison. The government agency sent us an application packet for our newly chosen PCA to fill out, including permission forms for background checks and normal paperwork that you might fill out for any job.
Every two weeks the PCA fills out a timesheet, gives it to me to sign and then I mail it in to the agency (they even send me pre-stamped envelopes). The PCA is then sent a check directly from the government agency (or can do direct deposit.)
(Update on Addison's current PCA: the one we had last year but had to quit in June is now coming back to do some mornings...and Addison's Aunt Kenly has been doing some afternoons. The PCA that I told you about before? NEVER REPLIED BACK when I wrote her saying I was willing to give her another chance. Talk about burning bridges...)
There you go. PCA simplified. I know we are horribly spoiled, but honestly I don't think I could have made it this past year without this help. Yes, I'm a wimp. I'm well aware...(I'm sure all of you could handle 2 doctor's appointments and 3 therapy appointments a week while working and trying to run a household. I am just not super woman enough...)