$21 – 50/hr
Santa Cruz, CA
About who needs care: Mom is physically in great shape, but has slight dementia, her short term memory is slowly diminishing. Dad is unsteady on his feet, moves with great caution on stairs, depends on a cane, but can walk quite fast without a cane when on sure ground, like inside a store or on an asphalted street. They are 92 & 93 so gardening in the yard is their biggest interest. Mom has always been a home body whereas dad has always been the opposite. Mom gets disoriented when dad goes to the backyard and she cannot find him. If she cannot find him she gets scared that she has been left alone. Ever since dad lost his drivers license he has become dependent on others and he hates it. Dad likes to go to the grocery stores. A walk in the neighborhood should be a daily habit, however it is currently sporadic. They do fine in the mornings, however we need help to make them lunch and dinner, take them for walks and generally keep them company, but mostly mom.
About the care needs: A person who is gentle with mom but is not a pushover, and who can maintain established boundaries.
Services needed include: transportation, meal preparation, errands / shopping, and light housekeeping.