Parents live about 50 minutes drive from a city in Scotland.
DF is 79, early alziehmers and we are looking for someone to come round a couple of times a week to play some card games with him and walk around the block with him. This would give my mum a bit of a break too.
I dont think we need a carer at this stage.
Could anyone help me name the type of service im looking for and let me know where i could find this?
A friend of mine has set up this very service! Unfortunately no where near you though. She is truly amazing and has given up quite a successful career to focus on doing something she loves, is offered about 5 times as much work as she can manage.
Another Age Concern recommendation here. Don’t know if it’s the same in all areas, but my e bound MIL has a volunteer befriender who comes in to see her a couple of times each week. Chats, shares a cup of tea and does bits and pieces of shopping for her. She’s lovely, a mature lady herself, very local and her husband has even done a couple of little odd jobs in the house.
There's basically two sources 1) volunteer befriending services 2) paid for - if you google care elderly agency and her nearest big town, or something similar, you'll dig out a number of care agencies in her area some of whom will offer befriending among their other services
I would advertise for a self employed housekeeper/companion. I provide this service in my semi retirement. I do a little bit of housework but it’s mainly companionship, playing scrabble and dominoes, etc.
Possibly try local faith groups... I know that quite a few offer home visits, and not all of them will push their religion...or see if there's a local listening group/memory cafe where someone may be able to visit your dad
I'd see if you can find an independent Carer as starting with some social activities is a really good way to build trust and get them used to someone coming in. My parents have a Carer, and once a week she takes mum out for a coffee and a trip round a garden centre. Mum won't tolerate the day centre at all
Another vote for alzheimer's Scotland. The local organiser visited mum and provided all sorts of useful information including details of a local 'dementia cafe'. She also arranged an amazing lady who came for a couple of hours a week. She couldn't take dad out but she kept him company in the house and did a bit of light housework eg ironing or dusting. Mum could either go out or do things like gardening knowing someone else was 'in charge' of dad.