Mom's elder lawyer said that I didn't need to record the time it takes me to do tasks...just the tasks themselves...because, where she requires 24 hr supervision & I have a physician's statement to that effect, my notation that I gave 24 hrs or supervision "covers" and "proves" care is given round the clock & by simply listing the tasks I do (without times), it further backs up my case.
I have every faith that her lawyer knows what he is doing. I also have every faith that he has her best interests at heart, as well as mine. BUT...I have an overpowering fear of Medicaid. I know how government agencies work & how it always seems that the dishonest get an easy pass & the completely upright & honest get hammered & harassed. Spiders, snakes & clowns are NOTHING compared to my fear that we will reach the end of Mom's money & Medicaid won't like something we did (or didn't) do, document, etc. & will demand I pay for Mom's care/nursing home fees out of pocket. There is just absolutely NO way I can do that!
So....I've decided that I'd like to keep 2 sets of records - the simple, check-off sheet the lawyer advised AND one that includes time spent on each task. I'm going to record in intervals of 15 min. since I can't think of anything that I do for her that takes *less* than 15 min.
Now, onto my actual question....do those of you that record times under a care contract time everything out each day, eg. making breakfast took 15 min today, but 45 min the following day & 30 min the day after? Or do you look and see that most days cooking breakfast takes 30 min and just use that time every day, figuring those days that you spend only 15 min but record 30 and up evening out with those days where you recorded 30 and actually spent 45?