As I currently train new aides, my friends with disabilities are checking in on me to see how it's going. Other than the occasional crash, it's moving right along.
I try to avoid starting more than one new aide at a time, if possible. I also try to go over the routine of the job in pieces rather than all at once.
I'm getting a chuckle at the number of times over the past few weeks items have gone missing in action. Sometimes I just can't figure out where a new aide put something I need. Other times there are crashes because items I need are stacked over my head - and using a reacher just doesn't cut it.
But it can be dangerous if I don't watch new aides carefully. I've stumbled across sharp objects unwittingly placed where I might be grabbing something I need. For example, some aides dry the dishes and put them away while others leave them to dry in the dish drainer. Unfortunately, a sharp knife was left at the bottom of the dish drainer by one. Since I lack sensation and the dish drainer is higher than I can see, I cut myself. So I need to remind folks that if they use and/or wash a sharp object, it's best to put it back into the drawer.
A cardinal rule is: what a person can see standing up isn't what I see from a wheelchair. The perspective is entirely different.
And I know the minute I have an aide who will work out - it's when we have our first chuckle about this. Usually it occurs after he/she has placed a reacher out of my reach - and gone home. Or- as one aide once did- rolled my wheelchair across the room so she could clean, then said goodbye and left. She returned shortly after looking a bit sheepish, and rolled it toward me.
"Great," I said. "I might be needing that."
It's all in the perspective. Hopefully the one thing I never lose while training aides is my sense of humor.