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Paying medical procedures for the helper.

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    To be honest, I am totally disillusioned by the whole helper set up now. Most people I speak to have some sort of issue with their helper, and many have horror stories about stealing etc. We acquired our last helper from a friends helper's recommendation, so I don't really want to go down that road again.

    Anyhow, I don't want to sound too negative!

    Thanks all for your input.

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    the problem with people sharing helper stories is this:

    if the helper does something good, people generally tell their spouse (maybe their best friend, too)...

    if the helper does something bad, people generally tell everyone they know.

    same rule applies for businesses. if you frequent a great place, you may tell one or two people about it. if you go somewhere that was horrible, one usually tells every person they know about it.
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    Generally I find referrals from friends (ie. employers or ex-employers of DH) to be more reliable than from other helpers (whose references may be motivated by friend/kinship and other considerations not related to ability).

    Why not head down to one of the more reputable agencies - I've heard good things about Josie James on Pottinger St from my helper, so it seems trusted by DHs) and see if there are any who strikes you as a good candidate. When I was processing myDH forms, I saw a number sitting in the waiting area on Sunday. That way, you can use your own instincts rather than blindly trust someone else's judgement.

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    i've hired from an agency two out of three times. (the once we didn't was because we were hiring our helper's husband.)

    what i liked about the agency is that you can conduct 30 interviews in a single sunday. all of the candidates are right there for you to interview.....kill many birds with one stone.

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    Thanks ladies. Are the fees extortionate with agencies, and do any of the candidates have references?

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    about $3.5k to file all the papers, covers medical check, often a 1 way flight etc.

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