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How do I find someone to watch my mom occasionally for just a couple of hours?

How do I find someone to watch/ keep company with my mom when we need to go out to the movies our dinner for a few hours?
She's 87, walks by herself with a walker, knows everyone but has some memory problems..probably mild dementia. Need someone caring and reasonably priced.

Status: Open    Dec 21, 2015 - 08:02 AM


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Dec 22, 2015 - 09:00 AM

Depending on where you live, and your mom's income, she may be elegible for paid home care services through your State's Aging Waiver Program. Your first step is to contact your county's Area Agency On Aging (it may be referred to as Senior Services). The County will send out an assessment team that will take a rather extensive background history. She will need to be found eligible medically (paperwork is sent to her M.D. who must state her condition is long term, meaning it will last more than 180 days) and eligible financially (usually no more than $2199/month in income or assets of no more than $8,000). Once she is found eligible for homecare the county will assign a Service Coordinator who can assist you in identifying a caregiver (who may be a family member) and any other serivces she may be eligible for (transportation, Emergency Alert Response System, Meals on Wheals, etc). If she is eligible, the homecare hours are assigned and paid for by the State. It doesn;'t anything to have an assement team come to your home to see if your Mom is eligible for the services. Good Luck.


Dec 28, 2015 - 05:54 AM

There are some volunteer agencies possibly some church groups, if you or your Mom are involved with a church or other place of worship, that will offer to sit with someone for a few hours while you go out. Most of the time they can not do "hands on" care. No changing, or help toileting but they could help with a meal. Most would need a few days notice in order to get a volunteer that is available for the time you need.
If there is an "education institute" in your area like a community college or independant one that trains CNA's you might want to stop in and ask if there are any students that would be willing to work occasionally for a few hours. It would give them a bit of training and a bit of extra cash since most of them are probably working as well as taking classes this would be an easy "job" for them.
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