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Currently working in assisted living and I'm new to this. I found out that a co-worker in another shift is using his own money to pay for food for our client when they go out for the clients weekly outing because he doesn't bother to use the clients money and get the receipt and file it which he's supposed to do. Can he do that? Is there a rule out there where I can reference? This is in Washington State.

CG's get paid SO poorly, I would find this hard to do.

And if he works for an agency--it's a no-no.
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I have read this a couple of times and I don't see the problem here. Am I missing something? Is he paying out of his own pocket and then the resident (not client) is paying him back with money he has on hand. Is the family asking that the worker provide a receipt for their records? If worker is not asking to be reimbursed, why is it such a big deal for management? Usually ALs do not handled residents money. And why bug the rest of the staff when they are not taking the resident out?

My daughter worked for rehabs/NHs and I know she picked things up for residents. They probably paid her back out of their PNA money or she just didn't have them pay her back.

I think something has been left out of your post.
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worriedinCali Feb 3, 2021
He’s not being reimbursed. And the problem here is probably an ethics problem. It looks suspicious for an employee to take a resident out and spend his own money & refuse to follow the process for reimbursement. What is he gaining from this? How does the facility know he’s not wining & dining the resident because he has ill intentions?
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Hope he doesn't think he's going to get reimbursed at some future time without documentation? Not sure why anyone would do this unless he perceives the client is very financially needy. Maybe he's mingled his food purchases with the client's and isn't motivated to spend the time separating the two? Also, not really sure why you are concerned about this...?
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JaeB42 Feb 3, 2021
Im overseeing what's going on during the day and making sure I'm aware of something so my coworkers and I don't get in trouble. And he's not going to be reimbursed, hes just lazy to document. My coworkers and I are are being bugged by management for an undocumented receipt for one of these food purchases.
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He can, it isn't breaking any guideline that I know of; but either he's paying for his own idleness (I'm surprised he can afford to on a caregiver's wage) or he is paying himself back unofficially. If the latter, even though he might be doing so scrupulously, he is begging for trouble.

What's he got against doing the job properly, same as everyone else has to?
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JaeB42 Feb 3, 2021
Hes just lazy and not willing to learn anything as simple as typing in howmuch he spent in our system.
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Sounds more like it may be a policy in the facility you are working. I would be surprised if it was a law.
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JaeB42 Feb 3, 2021
Yeach I'm sure it's policy, my other coworker is concerned for the one who paid for the food and not want to get him fired.
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