Mom is 86 with weakness, balance and memory issues. Doctor and home health nurse after hospital stay absolutely say she can not be alone. After finding smoke in house because she burned something in oven, I completely agree.
I have aide here four hours on weekdays. That gives me time to take the dog out, run errands, tend to most of my medical appointments, and yes, get away.
However, Mom is on a campaign to get rid of aides. She does not want a "babysitter," wants privacy, etc. Without aides, I am in house 24/7.
How have you gotten around this?