About who needs care: My son is 44 years old and is a victim of a rare neuromuscular disease called Kearns-Sayre Syndrome, (KSS) He is very hard of hearing, Has trouble swallowing, walks with a cane. Has a pacemaker, hearing aid, cochlear implant , and is diabetic. This caregiver will need to know the heimlich maneuver and be able to give an insulin shot.
Mostly , he sits all day and works on word search puzzles, or looks at his cellphone, tablet, laptop. He is almost nonverbal
He is a fall risk and a choking risk. He is 5'5" and weighs 119lbs
He does his own personal care, (showers, brush teeth, dressing, and makes his bed) Someone needs to be listening for trouble. such as a fall in the bathroom. The caregiver needs to be able to help with the sound processor for his cochlear implant, and his hearing aid. This can be learned easily.
Foods need to be cut up small and he needs close supervision while eating. He does not cook or prepare food. He Should not use stairs without assistance.
About the care needs: A mature person, who is physically able to administer the heimlich maneuver, and support him when he has trouble walking, or if he falls. Patient.
Has experience with diabetes, mental decline,
Services needed include: feeding, bathing / dressing, and mobility assistance.