About who needs care: My mom lives alone in an apartment complex. She is 75 and has 1 small dog. She has history of type II Diabetes which is completely under-control. She could go off her medication (per her primary care physician) but she has opted to stay on it because it has worked very well. Her doctor says its ok to stay on the medication (won't hurt her).
Regarding a different condition, she got a herniated disk in her neck from an old work injury and this was subsequently treated via steroidal injections in the past. Over time, this condition has progressed due to older age and probably made worse due to her generally sedentary lifestyle. She likes to watch a lot of television and isn't exactly an active person. Another symptom she has which, I'm not exactly sure what this is related to but she does have balance issues which seem to get better and then gets poor again. She uses a cane to walk most of the time. It seems like when she's especially inactive, her balance issue worsens. I have encouraged her to get outside more often and walk around her complex. The hot summer weather causes her to stay indoors so I've suggested she go outside when its cooler to get exercise. Her apartment is only about 600 square feet and just walking around her apartment isn't enough exercise. She does have a car but I believe her car driving days may be nearing an end; she has admitted this to me.
So, with all this said I believe the time is nearing (very soon) for her to have a trustworthy reliable nice female visit her at least 3X weekly in the beginning; maybe a few hours per visit to start and then see how it goes.
About the care needs: My mom would want someone very trustworthy and kind; sense of humor, or appreciation for her good sense of humor ! :) They would need to like dogs. She has 1 small dog who is a bit annoying because he barks at strangers but will calm down after he gets to know them.
The caregiver should be able to have a good sense of mobility issues and also encourage good nutrition needs.
The caregiver shouldn't be too pushy/demanding. My mom has a strong personality, but isn't mean or rude at all. She is a very giving kind person but won't take any crap from anyone. Everyone that knows my mom will say she has the biggest heart. I would want a caregiver that has a very kind heart and that is extremely trustworthy and that has strong character.
Services needed include: transportation, meal preparation, errands / shopping, light housekeeping, feeding, and bathing / dressing.