The aide who was filling in for us a few years is no longer available. Another agency sent us someone to fill in for a few weeks and it was not a good match. It was holiday time so I tried to keep hanging in there but it became stressful for everyone until finally I had to insist on a replacement after the holidays. She was great but does not work on major holidays which is usually when the regular aide goes away. So my question is how to test the waters with a covering aide before actually leaving mom with the person. For new aides we do a 1 day training. So I am wondering if I should increase that to 2 days training OR have someone come for a weekend prior to the actual vacation, give the regular aide off and see how they click. Hopefully if all goes well the aide/agency can commit to the upcoming vacation otherwise it would kind of be a waste. I would like to travel on the regular aides next vacation week and I am afraid it will be another disaster and I may regret leaving town with constant calls from mom. Help!