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I have been taking care of my grandfather who has paraplegia for about a month now. I'm 21 years old and still very inexperienced so I was wondering whether you could give me some help and advice.


Do you have any "external support" like a nurse to help you or do you think it would make sense for me to hire one? I don't what a nurse to take complete care of my grandfather but do you think that there a some task a nurse should take care of instead of me?


Thank you!

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In addition, he isn't a caregiver; he admits he's only helped his grandmother a few times.
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In-home help is highly desirable. It often doesn't need to be a nurse. Obviously it depends on what kind of help is needed.

Some caregivers find that hiring someone to take care of routine housekeeping such as laundry and cleaning, frees them up to pay more attention to their loved one. It is not that the caregiver isn't capable of cleaning the house, it is just a matter of prioritizing your time. Yard work is in the same category.

Some people like to have a companion for the loved one, to provide a little respite for the caregiver and a change of scenery (so to speak) for the loved one. I used a volunteer service to visit my husband for an hour a couple times a week.

My sister used housekeeping services when our mother lived with her.

My husband went to an adult day health program a few days of the week. A van came to pick him up and bring him home. A light breakfast was available as was a hot lunch. They offered showers and toe nail trimming as extra services! Many caregivers arrange for their loved ones to go to such "clubs" both as respite for themselves and to provide broader socialization opportunities for their loved ones.

When my husband could no longer attend "the club" I had a PCA (personal care attendant) come into our home 32 hours a week. She got my husband up, bathed (some days), shaved, teeth brushed (he did these things himself but needed cues) and dressed before he came into my home office (I worked from home) to say good morning. It was WONDERFUL! At that time he did not need a nurse or even a trained medical professional. He just needed help.

Notice that the kind of help to bring in depends on not only what the loved one needs, but also on the needs of the caregiver.
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