About who needs care: My mother had a stroke 11 years ago and has been dealing with severe anxiety and depression for a number of years since. She has recently become much more forgetful and imbalanced. She needs companionship and help with daily activities that cause her stress (hair and makeup, shopping, driving to the store of appointments, socializing with friends, using her phone/computer/TV). She is a wonderful woman who has become very fearful of the the changes she is going through and how to interact with the world around her. She is a social creature who now feels very trapped by her environment and her physiological and psychological deficits.
She loves sowing, knitting and being around others. She loves to know what is happening with everyone. Especially, her grandchildren. She is used to being very organized and always has a mental checklist of things she wants to accomplish. It is very hard for her when she cannot do those things.
About the care needs: A middle-aged to older woman who is very compassionate and understanding. My mother is an empath and will and someone who can relate to her on that level. My mother was a high performer and socialite who is desperately struggling to accept certain realities of the aging process. She lives in an assisted living community six miles from her home where her husband (my stepfather) resides.
She needs help getting motivated to do activities, exercise and socialize. She also needs help with her day-to-day activities. She had been using a cane but has taken several falls recently and probably should be using her walker. She has become much more confused and imbalanced over the past several months.
She will need someone that can drive her places and help her use her electronic devices. A senior visitor does come see her every Monday which has been extremely helpful but we need someone that can do this on a much more frequent basis.
Services needed include: transportation, meal preparation, errands / shopping, light housekeeping, companionship, feeding, and bathing / dressing.