$15 – 20/hr
Seeking care for my father in his 80s. Services needed: companionship, bathing / dressing, meal preparation, medication prompting, help staying physically active, light housekeeping. Looking for someone with 3+ years of experience caring for seniors. A little more about my father: he can be reserved. My father lives with me. He has dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and chronic pain. He isn't very active, but does get around pretty good with his walker. We have been advised he needs stand by assist. He is quiet, has a sense of humor, can be demanding when it comes to snacks, but generally pleasant. Watched a lot of TV. Loves sports, game shows and Dr Phil. I'm looking for someone who is patient, chatty, firm. Caregiver should be outgoing, but not overbearing. Needs to clearly speak English. Needs to be a little stern with him in terms of getting him to do Light exercising, showering and playing brain games. Needs to be able to stand up to him in terms of his snacking. He constantly asks for snacks throughout the day, but they need to be controlled because of his diabetes and he does not understand. Sometimes he can get a little upset or frustrated or will beg to get a snack. My dad enjoys all types of sports, especially Chicago teams. So if a caregiver also enjoys sports, it would be a great way for them to bond. He also loves his family and has 11 great grandchildren. He doesn't remember names, but enjoys looking at photos and having them visit him.
Currently we have someone coming. He does not sleep through the night and is up 6-10 times. Each time, I need to wake up and make sure he safely gets to bathroom. So I'm exhausted. I would like someone 5 days a week, some Saturdays and maybe 1 overnight a week.
I handle all of my dads medical needs in terms of dispensing meds, checking weight, blood sugar, blood pressure and giving him insulin. Caregiver would give other meds I lay out according to a schedule.