My 90 year old mother has had 3 caregivers in her home for 10 months now. Two caregivers work (and sleep) 60 hours straight and the third caregiver works (and sleeps) 48 hours straight. The caregivers are doing a super job with preparing mom 2 balanced meals per day, cleaning the house, and ensuring she is taking her medication (very little medication)....I can't complain about that.
After 10 months and having developed a relationship with mom.... I expect more now from the caregivers and more assistance is required.
1. They do not ensure she is drinking enough fluids during the day, even after 2 UTIs. I have suggested cranberry juice, vitamin water, Gatorade...it's not happening.
2. She also needs a shower once/week.....I, her daughter, am getting her into the shower while the caregiver is sitting and reading a book,
3. The caregivers need to get mom out of her chair and out of the house to walk (with he walker). Her muscles are declining and she is more afraid now to fall. They leave her in her chair with a video on.
4. The caregivers need to get up from their sleep between 4 - 8am in the morning to get mom to the bathroom before there are any accidents.
The response I receive from the agency and the caregivers is that " We can't force her".
These caregivers get paid by the HOUR ( including get paid by the hour to sleep for 8-10 hours) a day.
Help.....what should I do??