I was worried when my boss told me that I would no longer be able to telecommute. He said that the next phase of our work project would require that I be in the office five days a week for at least eight to ten hours a day, which presented a problem for me at first. My elderly mother lives with me, and I was able to work and provide her care at the same time. I told my friend I may have to quit my job, but she told me to look into a senior companion in Queens first.
I didn’t even think of this, but it was such a great idea. I really did not want to quit my job, because it is the first one I have ever felt so passionate about. However, that would have been my only option because I was not going to put my mother in a nursing home. I don’t have anything against them, and I know that she will probably end up in one when I am not longer able to provide care for her. Right now though, she would be so bored in one, and I think she would actually get depressed.
A home companion for her is the perfect solution. My mom is able to still do a lot of things like cook, fold clothes, and bathe herself, but she does need help with a few things like remembering to take her medication and some of the other household chores that she tries to do even though I told her not to do them. A companion comes daily and spends a bit of time with her. She does the housework that my mom insists be done daily, and she helps her with her medication too. Most of all though, she is there for my mom so she is not alone for the entire day, and that makes all the difference in the world.