About who needs care: Mark had a stroke last year. he is looking to regain independence. He and his Girlfriend (Maureen) have refused all government and social worker assistance. He needs help with taking proper meds each day, and schedules and daily exercise, daily PT and OT and Speech, and homework, and companionship. They tried to manage their own for 7 months. now it is time for A personal assistant. to help Maureen and to help Mark. she does all ADLs, need help with other daily tasks.
examples? Help him practice speech. He has aphasia. help him to write and to read text again and in the meantime, help Mark understand texts from his sister and POA who manages all appointments. Help Mark to write them down. And train Mark to keep his OWN schedule. And put them on a whiteboard. For him. And then eventually, learn to do it himself. A system of his own. training on Dates and times and schedules, and tasks.
To help Mark at least 3 times a week to start. (Less when HE learns how to put things on the white board for himself).
the overall goal or target is Independence.
About the care needs: female in case some limited dressing or bathroom is needed, he prefers woman. Someone who can text and keep good schedules and help with appointments and rides, someone who is patient and caring and can appreciate his humor and teasing. He needs help with Speech and physical exercise. someone who can practice his lessons and his exercises with him.. It would help if they liked hockey and could talk to him about the Boston Bruins! :-)
Services needed include: meal preparation, errands / shopping, and light housekeeping.