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This Week's Carenote - 08/12/09

Where are some of the best places to look if I need to find a caregiver to come in at least 3 times per week to look after my 92 year old dad??

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Location: OHIO
Date: 08/12/2009
Time: 05:49 AM

Comments look on their website for locations reliable caregivers They can do 24/7 care as well as shorter shifts... Check them out...

Name: Roxanna
Location: Champaign
Date: 08/12/2009
Time: 06:46 AM


Check with the local Area Agency on Aging to locate care providers in your area. Try and stay with getting help from them. Individuals hired on your own sometimes is risky.

Name: nancy
Location: oregon
Date: 08/12/2009
Time: 08:54 AM


I find my caregivers easily. Look at the people around you and ask yourself which one has the time and is trustworthy. Offer $10, an hour. A member of my Red Hats club, a neighbor with young children, someone from the local senior center. If you ask a relative, pay them too. Keep a binder for your caregivers to have access to Dad's schedule (which you should type) and emergency phone #'s.

Name: Robert
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 08/12/2009
Time: 09:11 AM


We have had an excellent experience with 24/7 Home Care. They have been flexible to our needs in terms of scheduling and services. I found them at

Date: 08/12/2009
Time: 03:59 PM


It depends on what he needs. You can find basic, supervisory care, meal prep, grocery shopping, laundry, (what we call "Companion care" at your church or place of worship, or from a neighbor with the inclination to help. Offer the best rate you can depending on how many hours he needs, how much he has and how long you anticipate the care being needed. In Marin County, CA, a rather wealthy county, the going rate is at least $15, and up to $22 (these are private rates) depending on how difficult the personality is (or how serious any prevalent dementia might be) and how physically demanding the job is. I say, pay the caregiver the best rate you can and typically, you will build loyalty and commitment.



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