I'm looking for people with experience on this.
My mom just started having aides at home for one shift/day. Since she lives with me (I am disabled with Chronic Fatigue), I am basically supervising the aides. The managed l-t care Medicaid insurance company came in and did a detailed and extensive (exhaustive -- it took 7 hours of answering questions) study of my mom's requirements. But they provided us with no kind of care plan or paperwork which might be helpful with aides. The agency which provides the aides is very casual -- "their duties are between you and them; if you need housework, we will find you someone willing to do light housework."
One of the aides is extremely hard-working and also very friendly with my mom, and my mom really likes her. She sweeps the kitchen and cleans it once a week; she also cleans the bathroom and floor weekly. She also sweeps the hardwood floors in the other rooms in my mom's area. She does not cook; she says she'd rather clean than cook. She works 2 days a week.
The other aide is very quiet and hardly talks to my mom. She sits and reads a book while she and my mom are sitting on the porch. She will change the bed when my mom wets it, but she leaves the sheets for me to wash out in the sink. She will wash the dishes that she and my mom use for lunch, but she leaves the dishes that me and my mom used the breakfast. She has training and 10 years of experience with physical care -- she is good with lifting out of bed, changing diapers, using the wheelchair, etc.
I'm not sure how to handle the second aide -- I'd like her to do a little more, such as wash my mom's sheets when needed and do all the dishes in the sink. Do I just ask her politely, and then remind her if she doesn't do it? Should I try to put a care plan in writing, outlining her duties? How detailed should that be?
Thank you for sharing your experience. If you feel that home health care aides should never do housework, please don't answer my question. The agency and the insurance company have both told me that light housework of my mom's whole area, room and bathroom (I have my own bathroom on a different floor) are reasonable tasks for the aide. I'm not talking about washing the windows.