$15 – 25/hr
About who needs care:
70-year old male, actor, musician and software salesman. Recent decline in cognitive function. Needs help understanding what medicine to take in evening and morning. Medicine can be set up already for the week, just needs reminders as to take the "morning pill with food" and "Did you take your nighttime pill?". Currently can bathe and perform toilet functions independently. Wakes up about 1 pm. Afternoon visits or evening visits - the timing is flexible but needs to be dependable and willing to stay in touch with me on schedule coordination. Estimating 5 days a week care, for 2 hours per day. Can be reasonably available during daytime hours for occasional phone calls from this person and from me. Needs to have afternoon or evening schedule availability for DAILY (weekday and weekend) visits during the time period of 21-27 December, 2021. Help getting mail and food. Can feed self, but help with the food prep (minimal - just getting food from restaurants and grocery store, possible light cooking and dish washing). Lives on 2nd floor of apartment building. Occasional walks outside for exercise and fresh air would be appreciated. Mostly companionship - a person to listen to and acknowledge origination's. A gentle caregiver who is attentive, loving, pleasant, patient and kind is the ideal match. No harsh controlling, loud, argumentative or domineering types. He watches TV the entire waking hours and smokes cigarettes (about 10 per day) though realizes he will quit smoking at some point in the next few weeks. Help with monitoring blood pressure and noting the readings on a piece of paper. Enjoys talking about TV, movies, and sports. A Washington Football Team and Star Trek fan. Politically conservative. A very good joke-teller. Has trouble coming up with words and unsteady on feet. Seeking primary function of companionship. Can heavily focus on a topic and repeatedly state things which are "very important" that need to be patiently listened to each time newly with interest and fully acknowledged with understanding and reassurance. May have security cameras recording in apartment for remote monitoring. Possible future transportation to and from doctor visits. Attendance during doctor visits would also be ideal, though likely seldom needed. Will eventually be transitioning to a care facility though not to be discussed at this time. Better to not get into entering opinions about future health or medical care, only to answer with non-evaluative answers such as "I fully understand. We'll take care of that when the time comes." I look forward to meeting you.
About the care needs: Gentle, kind, patient, friendly, a good listener and one who simply cares for people and likes to help good people.
Services needed include: transportation, meal preparation, errands / shopping, light housekeeping, companionship, feeding, bathing / dressing, and mobility assistance.