Whew was it ever hot on Sunday–98 degrees! Monday we never even saw 80 degrees which was heavenly and today we only reached 80 degrees–much better! But we have smoke again–lots of mountain obscuring, smelly smoke–UGH!
Sunday was a day of quilting in the cool basement. The Cowboy had to go to Big Timber–seems Nat and household were without hot water–not a good thing! The house has a gas hot water heater and the pilot was out–the Cowboy did some trouble shooting and then just re-lighted the pilot and it’s heating water.
More quilting on Monday and the Cowboy puttered. Emmi girl has had an upset stomach for a couple days but she’s on the mend–she’s always healthy–don’t know what caused this little episode but she’s OK now.
Lonn came early this morning to pickup a cement mixer and big round bales of hay. I was off to yoga then back home where we have both spent the day relaxing–can you believe it???
Here’s my two beautiful great nieces yesterday–first day of school.
Leah on the left is in the eighth grade and Elizabeth is a junior much to her mother’s dismay! 🙂Smoke makes for nice sunsets.
Here’s another healthcare puzzle–the VA has a new program–Veteran Directed Care and Community Based Services. The following is taken from the Veterans Administration website, “veterans can hire their own personal aides.” So, I am thinking–the VA might pay a portion of the care Nat is receiving from personal care aides. Wrong! After being on hold for over 20 minutes yesterday I spoke with a very rude, gruff lady who informed me that the program would pay for a personal aide but not for an agency of personal aides. Is that not the most convoluted government statement you have ever read??? The personal aide can be your neighbor with no training whatsoever (true statement from the website) and the VA will pay. But they won’t pay the aides with training/certification from an agency. To be fair, they will pay an agency but that agency has to jump through all the hoops to be a VA affiliated vendor. Our agency is strictly a personal care agency (they provide services which include bathing, helping with dressing, preparing meals, house keeping–services which most senior people need on a daily basis)–they do not provide skilled nursing and do not have a nurse on staff–a requirement to be VA associated.
The website also makes this confusing statement:
“If you are enrolled in this program (Veteran Directed Care and Community Based Services) you can decide what mix of Home and Community Based services will best meet your needs.”
Obviously not if you want to use trained aides from an agency. Some days I am at my wits end!!