Unstable Service

Homemaker aide service brought an upset to the day.  Last week the woman was at the door at 11:00 a.m.  The three previous weeks – three different woman – it was later.  Last week the woman said she was new on the job.  It was assumed the permanent person would be new on the job. The two before her were too good to be permanent.  It was determined that service would ordinarily be at 11:00 a.m., that is, that’s what she said.  Breakfast, etc., was all out of the way for 11:00 a.m., but no one arrived then today. 

Under the circumstances there are two options, call the office and make inquiry or sit and twiddle thumbs.  As the person may just be late, it’s best to sit and wait rather than go through the stew of making inquiry.  In reality, that’s something a person might do every week. Call often enough and one is classified a problem to be unloaded if possible.  One must find something to pick at that can be left until later while waiting. Any ideas about a noontime nap or lunch after she leaves, of course, were shot down. 

The lady, one of the good ones from previously, arrived a little after 1:30 p.m.; so, there is no need for any thumb twiddling or other action for the rest of the week, and some essentials got done.  However, she, naturally, did not get done until going on 4:00 p.m.  After the women leave, there are usually a  few things that need attention – a little finishing up.  The most important of that was done although not all, and, obviously, the day’s commentary wasn’t finished.  Better late than never (sometimes.) 

Time can be priceless to the elderly. 


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