Question: My father has mid to late stage Alzheimer's/dementia with obsessive compulsive disorder. The house is in need of a lot of work to make it more accessible, safer and ready for home health to come in to help my mom bath him, wash his hair, clip his nails, keep him dry due to incontinence. I have been working with my parents on the house for three years and now mom needs some testing and surgeries. Dad cannot cook or fix himself anything to eat or take his medicine on his own. Getting the house ready is taking its toll on mom and me. What can we do?
Dr. Amy: I recommend that you call a home care company and have them come to do an assessment as soon as possible. If there is something that needs to be done to your home before they are able to provide services they will tell you. It is quite likely they can begin providing services now. Home care workers work in all kinds of homes. Some are very grand and some are very modest. You do not need to have everything all cleaned up before they come in. You need the help now and a home care company can establish a good care program for your father.
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