Bert Reid1 
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Re: “Cuts and Confusion

1 above has hit it on the head - there is fraud of similar proportions in any group. The low pay is a big problem for each care worker. Happily, some care workers are paid privately by clients themselves and make greater than minimum wage but there are problems for clients even in that group. We (care workers) need to keep our hands off of our clients possessions and monies but some succumb to the temptations. My client has lost medications, as well as money and possessions due to theft by workers in the past. Low pay is no excuse for any of these actions. AND finger printing with background checks will not weed out the person who finds themselves in a bind and faced with temptation who has no prior record. Records are only for the caught - a sad but hard truth. Ask any policeman, new records are created every day. I do hope that there will be fewer problems by culling the ones with records…and maybe making others think twice about getting a record. My hopes are not high.

I have it easier than many. The hat I was wearing was cut off in the picture but it said "US Navy Retired." I have a little more freedom than many of my co-workers as I am already drawing a pension, young kid that I am. I also have health care for life to help out with the inevitable illnesses but most of my co-workers are on Medicare and/or Medical just like the people we care for. In times of illness or injury many can only go to the emergency room as having a family doctor and paying for high priced visits plus medications are not in the plans. And yes there is fraud among the recipients as well. But the recipients are screened by IHSS before getting into the program so I can only believe that the government is saying that their own system of screening is full of fraudulent screeners as well. Where will we find this perfect system of perfect screeners to clean this problem up??????? Oh! That’s right. We have a perfect governor. Never mind – The Problem IS Solved!!!!!!! Bert

Posted by Bert Reid on 08/21/2009 at 9:10 PM

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