I was talking to my friend, Sharon, about her elderly parents and their caregiver. Sharon paid the caregiver $5,000 per month plus free room and board to take care of her parents 24/7. That amounted to $2,500 per parent. A bargain I would say.
Sharon would visit and watch the caregiver cook and puree the food, put the food in a tube, and squirt the food into her mother’s mouth. Her mother had Alzheimer’s Disease and could not feed herself. Her father was also disabled.
The caregiver bathed and dressed both parents, did the laundry, made the three beds, cleaned the house, and gave medications. She also spent time playing puzzle games with the parents.
This was 100% care, and the caregiver was not allowed to have a side business.
Sharon’s mother died, and her father died several months later.
The caregiver left, and the house was sold.
I would want this type of care for David and me. There is nothing better than to age in place and die in your own home.