$18 – 30/hr
About who needs care: My mother is very active and very bright. But she has aphasia and has a severe speech impairment. There are also memory issues. While she cannot communicate clearly she still talks a lot, understands just about everything, and doesn't get why people don't understand her. Mom loves to go out shopping and would love a companion. She also needs help around the house and supervision because of the memory issues.
About the care needs: Someone mature, very bright, with an outgoing personality and a great deal of patience is essential. Mom likes to talk and will expect a caregiver to talk to her. But it will be difficult for the caregiver to understand her so they really need to have experience dealing with this population. The caregiver should also be willing to take Mom on errands, shopping, fun activities, etc., so she can get out of the house. Mom can drive but it's better for someone else to drive, if possible. It is also essential that the caregiver is good at housekeeping.
Services needed include: transportation, meal preparation, errands / shopping, light housekeeping, companionship, feeding, and bathing / dressing.