About who needs care: My very kind grandma currently lives alone with the help of her surrounding family in Spring, TX. Grandma is physically in very good shape and walks regularly to stay busy.
However, there are progressing memory issues surrounding people, names, dates, short term memory recall, time elapsed, etc. Due to her reclining memory, she no longer drives nor has access to a vehicle. Unfortunately, in April of 2022 her husband of 60+ years passed and we need either a regular or live in care taker to help with the following:
- Dispensing of daily medications
- Preparing 3 meals a day and ensuring grandma eats and drinks
- Driving to any doctor appointments or errands
- Helping tidy the house as needed, but we will have a maid service come in twice monthly for a thorough clean
- Keeping grandma company engaging in activities like gardening in her beautiful backyard, going for a walk around the block, watching feel good TV, etc.
Along with the above it will be critical that whoever is helping maintains a consistent and structured schedule of the days. Grandma will likely have a difficult time remembering that she has a helper at first. But if a consistent schedule is arranged and implemented, then grandma will be able to adjust and hopefully retain her new daily schedule.
Experience with memory care patients is vital. As most know, there is a lot of repeating questions, forgetting who and where people are, and confusion. It takes a lot of experience and knowledge of memory issues to understand how to appropriately respond and navigate these experiences.
As stated earlier, we are open to either a live in or every day caretaker. For live in, we already have an additional bedroom setup with all essentials (bed, bedding, dressers, closets, bathroom, shower, etc) for you to make yourself at home.
For a daily, non-live in care-taker we would need an 8 hour daily shift (potentially 3 shifts depending on how fast her memory declines) with consistent start and end times every day to keep grandma on a schedule.
Thank you so much for reading and please let me know if you have any questions.
About the care needs: Experience with memory care patients is vital. As most know, there is a lot of repeating questions, forgetting who and where people are, and confusion. It takes a lot of experience and knowledge of memory issues to understand how to appropriately respond and navigate these experiences.
Services needed include: transportation, meal preparation, errands / shopping, light housekeeping, and companionship.