My dad is 80 years old, very independent, and has middle stage Alzheimer's. He doesn't want any help from anyone except me, and I've got to find a way to get additional help in. Right now, it's just frustrating and inconvenient (I'm trying to run my own consulting business from home so that I will have an income)... But he's getting to the point when he'll need help with ADLs, and I want to be his daughter, not his nurse.
I've brought in several caregivers, just to have them around and let him get used to having someone around. He invariably gets grumpy at having someone else in the house, and the one time I goofed up and said they were here in case he wanted any help, he blew up at the concept of needing help. (I certainly can't say I want us both to get used to having someone around before he needs help dressing and going to the bathroom... That would be horrible.)
He wants to go walking in our neighborhood (which is mixed residential and commercial, near a college) but I worry because he's not steady and because he can't tell me where he is, plus I think he's having more trouble identifying which house is home. I'd like him to walk with the caregiver, but he has no interest and just retreats to his room in a huff. He won't engage with a caregiver unless I'm around, in which case he's charming.
I want to give my dad great care, and I want to respect his introvert/loner nature. But I can't do it all, and I can't even figure out how to open the conversation in a way he might accept having someone else in the house.
So... How can I get him to accept bringing in a companion as a predecessor to getting skilled care he'll need down the road? Or do I just wait, hope I can manage everything until then, and trust that he will accept what he absolutely has to when the time comes?