My in-laws are very old-fashioned, in their late 80's. I'm not sure they will take kindly to outside help, and even though they have plenty of funds, they are still old fashioned, very frugal and I don't think would like a stranger, per se, coming into our home sit with them. They aren't opposed to PT or OT because it's covered by their Medicare and me or my husband are always there with them. Hubby's siblings are of no help, they all live too far, and won't help anyway even if they did live close (they would rather see them in a nursing home as opposed to helping in any way)...I know, sad. My oldest son helps out on occasion and it works out well, however, he goes to school and works, so he doesn't have a lot of free time. I would like to bring in an agency like Visiting Angels, for maybe 8 hours a week or so, just to give my husband and I some time together to go out, be it grocery shopping or a dinner/movie. Can some of you share experiences of bringing additional help into your home when your loved one was at first opposed to the idea or thought they couldn't afford it (even when they could)? Has anyone had bad experiences with outside caregivers/companions? I would love to hear all points of view. Thank you in advance!