I've been a live-in caregiver for 6 years. During this time i honestly can say I didn't have 1 happy resident no matter how hard me or the provider tried. We had 1 day/week going to the movies, 1day/week lunch outand activities conducted by an activity coordinator daily. Still, the only happy moments were when a family member would pick them up for a walk or a reunion. Some never said anything to the other except for good morning or good night. I agree that care is much better than at home where they might be alone but living your last years happy doesn't weigh anything? Isn't it a better solution to hire a live-in caregiver just for your parent in his/her own home? that was always my opinion, just because I've seen so many sad people and it shouldn't be like that.
First let me say that I want to live in Diana's state…. I was a live in care giver for about 15 years, and thought that I made good money. I agree that keeping an older person at home is the much better thing, even if they don't get a lot of visitors, just being aroung thier own belongings, and doing what they enjoyed for years is beneficial. Not all seniors want to go for movie, or shopping etc. at the time a home has it scheduled. I stayed with one gentleman who prefered doing things after dark, because that was the time that was hardest for him. So we shopped, went for rides, movies, even to the kids ball games all at night. Then we would do house work, laundry anything to keep busy, yes it was a little hard on me if he didn't go to bed untill 2-3 AM but I was getting paid to take care of him and make his last years as happy as possible. I think that homes are only a good idea if the patient needs the type of constant medical attention that they can only receive with licensed staff.
Rating: 3 out of 5