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I am looking for someone to stay home with my Dad so that the other adults in the house can go back to work instead of caring for him 24/7 (or it may be just a respite for a few days a week).

A home health aide doesn't seem right, a nurse wouldn't be required. Chances are they may need to do nothing but keep them company. They have balance issues but mostly just don't recognize self limitations. Think they can do things that seem normal but are dangerous for them. (exercise vigorously, cook something) or they might try to do something too difficult for themselves and become frustrated to the point of mental anguish (like download something on the computer). So three parts: what type of worker would I hire, what would they do, and how would I explain their duties to the patient.

They would need to make lunch and maybe snacks, ensure they eat regularly, and help them figure out the tv controls at times.

Thanks for your help!!!

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You may not need a home health aide because he can still do things all by himself, your only concern is that he may try to do things that are dangerous. A home care aide would be better, they will assist your dad in doing household chores but not personal assistance. Formal caregivers have knowledge on how to deal with long term care dependents. It is least expensive, you only pay $20 for an hour of service and your dad will have someone to look after him in the comfort of your home, in addition, home care agencies do background checks on caregivers they employ so you can have a peace of mind that you have entrust your love one to someone that will take good care of him
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I noticed my mom did better with someone closer to her own age. they had more in common to talk about and she seemed to trust the lady more. Most people want full time is what I am finding. Good luck. Ask many questions and get good references.
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Thank you all for your many good ideas.
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Where I live there is a "Home Health Care Hospice" (it's not and end of life Hospice). The Social Worker that works there has a list of qualified people who do the very type of work you are looking for, and for very affordable rates ($15 to $18 per hour). Start calling your local Senior Services Center, up here it's through a local Catholic Church, they could help you too.
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At this stage just find someone of her own age of sound mind who would be prepared to come in, provide companionship and prepare a light lunch and snacks they both enjoy. (Give them both a "life alert" and you should have all bases covered)
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I asked the lady who cleans my house from time to time if she'd stay with my grandma and uncle while I go out with the kids. This arrangement works very well because they don't need intense care. You could ask around your local community for someone who's looking for this type of work.
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I worked for Home Instead as a companion and/or homemaker. I think it cost about $20 an hour, 3 hour minimum here in Massachusetts. I did just that sort of thing, plus errands, driving to the hairdresser, cooking, doing whatever the client wanted.
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There are many home care agencies that will provide companionship, which is what seems to be what is necessary. They can also provide light housekeeping, errand running, grocery shopping, help with showering, etc.

Check your local area Agency on Aging, in with the Council of Governments for where to start.
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