$14 – 25/hr
About who needs care: My mother, who is awesome, wears hearing aids, though can still have a little difficulty hearing. Speaking loudly & clearly are essential. She has high blood pressure, for which she takes medication twice a day (morning & bedtime). She also has had some small lacunar strokes, which were detected by MRI. To prevent strokes, Mom takes aspirin and a statin. Mom is a funny, sharp woman who loves to laugh, though can be a little shy initially. In general, Mom is very pleasant and easy going, though at 86, can be a little forgetful. Politically, she is a Democrat, but gets along well with all political stripes (as long as they are nice!). She enjoys a good conversation, but does not Ike having her ear talked off. Mom, who uses a walker, is self-sufficient in getting herself dressed, hygiene, etc., but may need help in the shower. Meals are brought to her independent-living apartment; it is nice to have company when eating. I live close by and visit nearly every day, but having a reliable, fun, and caring companion for Mom would be a tremendous help and a great comfort. Getting her out for walks and fresh air, engaging her mind in conversation, helping her shower, and making her laugh would be invaluable to her well-being!
About the care needs: Someone who is funny, caring, kind, interesting, and interested in Mom & getting to know her, hearing what she thinks, etc., would be an ideal companion for Mom. Someone who is easy-going and not rushed. Someone who looks forward to spending time with Mom. Someone who has a nice, confident, capable, easy-going air about her who will put Mom at ease. Someone who Mom looks forward to seeing.
Special skills would be getting Mom out for walks with her walker & knowing the intricacies of using walkers; being able to help her in the shower; helping her dress (if she needs any help dressing, which she generally does not); being able to help her if she fell (unlikely, but possible); giving her her morning & evening pills (2 blood pressure pills; aspirin; statin; Tylenol/Advil, as needed; occasional stool softener/prune juice); helping her to cut up her food sometimes; enjoy engaging with Mom, as well as enjoy just being present, should she need anything. Having someone who Mom likes & who likes her, with her will give Mom (and me) a great deal of comfort.
Mom was a big doubles tennis player back in the day and enjoys watching tennis, college football women's [I cannot type an apostrophe on this page] basketball, though these days, she may be less inclined to watch a whole game. Historically, she likes to play cards, and enjoys working on crosswords & word jumbles, though now with someone as her left eye can get a little blurry.
Mom also enjoys hearing about the interests & lives of other people. Everyone has always liked my mother because she is a good conversationalist & a good listener, who has a wonderful sense of humor.
Mom enjoys talking about current events and politics, though these days, I do not linger on topics which might be distressing. She enjoys talking about family, hearing stories about the families of others, etc. Again, Mom loves to laugh and relates best to calm, capable, warm-hearted people with a good sense of humor. A good conversationalist who will strike the balance between engaging Mom and not talking her ear off would be ideal.
And going for walks in the fresh air! Mom is not walking long distances, but does enjoy walking. She needs someone to help her build up her strength & her stamina, so that she may feel more energetic. This is essential.
Services needed include: companionship, feeding, and bathing / dressing.