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OutsideHelpDear Carol: My dad has been a widower for years. Because of a stroke history, he needs someone around, at least during the day, so we started in-home care with an agency. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out, but we got lucky and the sister of a neighbor was available for hire. She and dad became a real team. Now, this caregiver is having her own health problems and is moving out of town. Dad insists that he won’t have anyone else. He says that he'd rather be alone which isn’t an option. How do we get him to give another caregiver a chance? – AM

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Thanks, Amy, for your support. Respecting the elders' wishes is vital. They have lost so much that it seems we can at least try to honor their wishes when possible.

Hi Carol!
I agree with the part where you said, “Try to be gentle and let your dad make decisions. Assure him that you'll go along with any choice except leaving him alone, unattended.” This is the most important part of quality caregiving. My mom’s caregiver does the same and she is really happy with it. She also felt the same as AM’s dad when her first caregiver left, but now she is satisfied.

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