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The one I called just wanted to provide home health care and was going to charge me $150 to set it up. Mother needs help and can't live alone anymore. What's next and affordable? Wanted a geriatric care giver to lead us in the right direction. How to find a good one?

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I wonder if you're talking about a geriatric care manager? They're folks who coordinate care for elders. Typically they're nurses or have some medical background. You can read more about what they do here: http://www.caremanager.org/why-care-management/what-you-should-know/

For an out-of-stater, they can help coordinate care for your mom. It might be a good place to start. They're kind of your eyes and ears while you're not there. They're not cheap and are typically private pay, but they can really help in some circumstances. That site also helps you find one in your mom's local area.
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The process of finding a good caregiver is one of the more difficult things you'll find you need to do for your mom. If it were me trying to find outside help, I'd start with the people you know and trust, then ask your mom's doctor for recommendations. Then schedule some time off from home and work to spend at your mom's home for a week, and interview.

One thing to give serious consideration .. your mom's condition(s) are more likely to decline than improve. Meaning: think long term. She'll need more and more help as time goes on. Plan for it now, and you won't be surprised when it happens.

Let us know how it goes or if you have more questions.
LadeeC
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I don't know about agencies or private care. Agencies might be better if they check the person out so I don't have to. How do I find complaints against agencies?
I've never seen this discussed on any site but what about pet care. She needs litter box cleaned out and meds given to cat which is her only companion right now. She needs trash taken out and trips to store and run errands. Also cooking and cleaning. She can do light cleaning but not scrubbing carpets etc. Also needs someone to take and record her blood pressure. She needs someone to just be there for short visits and stay if she isn't feeling well because she gets scared by herself. She is having tests done for heart problems at the moment. I live 1 hour away and come one day of the week but that's not enough. Relatives live near her but their capability to help is very limited.
So, I'm not sure if this falls under assisted living or what.
Insurance pays 80% of home care. Any feedback would be appreciated. I'm totally lost and overwhelmed.
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Are you wanting to go thru an agency or private care? Many agencies are very good, check them out to see what complaints have been lodged against them, if any..... but it will cost you to have things set up....some private caregivers can also get you started.... they are a little more hard to find....

Please provide a few more details and we'll see how we can help....
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