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Has anyone any suggestions for finding good home help? I'm stressed out interviewing, hiring and training them only to run into problems. I've hired an alcoholic; the next was someone who planned to go back to school (not stated), the next one showed promise but who would not follow instructions; one charged personal things such as shampoo, sanitary napkins etc. on my grocery bill. I guess there is a great demand for their services, and they know they can always find another job. I know that the wage I pay is more than fair and the accomodation provided for the last woman was comfortable. I live in Vancouver, Canada and would like to keep my husband in this home of 50 + years (he is 87 with early Alzheimer's, and I am 77), but I'm frustrated and am asking for any advice that anyone will offer. Mary
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Dear Mary:

We have to go through so many trials sometimes that it is hard to keep the faith oftentimes. There is help available through agencies which may be rather costly but they will replace the personnel that they send out if you are not happy.

Also, you could try a volunteer service such as Faith in Action. Their website is: http://www.fiavolunteers.org/ All you have to do is enter your zip code to find an organization near you. Not only is that economical but you should find a bit of help there.

Mary, I wish you the best in caring for your beloved husband and having him home with you. Just know that we are here for you... Please keep us posted.

Love from Glenda
Thanks for your reply and encouragement. I know that my husband will do better at home, and that's why I'm anxious to make it possible. I don't think we have Faith in Action here, but I'll check it out on Internet. I've looked up your source and only see States listed for contact numbers. As for the agencies: I have tried two agencies and have not had good luck. However, there is one agency here that is recommended by the Department of Veterens Affairs, and if the woman I have coming tomorrow for an interview (a contact I'd made when I'd placed an ad in the local paper a few months ago (pre.the unknown - to me - alcoholic worker) doesn't work out, I'll go on to the better agency. I guess the name of the game is to keep trying, and thanks for the encouragement to do so.
Mary

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