Some thoughts on paid caregivers
My wife and I both work, like many working families we have “paid caregivers” (also called babysitters, nannies, etc.) to manage the care of our children.
To facilitate “aging in place” many individuals utilize “paid caregivers” to manage their care in their home.
In most retirement communities across the country some residents hire “paid caregivers” in addition to the services offered by the community to assist them with errands and daily needs. Sometimes this might be done to avoid having to move to another part of the community that offers assisted living or nursing care.
Having Asa with me in the community made me tune in on the caregivers I met and observed in Thomas Circle a bit more. Would it be possible to match elders, youth and a caregiver together? It might result in better compensation for the caregiver, and better value to the parties paying for care through shared costs? It could present a more stimulating environment for everyone too.
I wonder how many people think about intergenerational care giving on a typical suburban street? I bet just about every neighborhood in this country has at least one elder and one child simultaneously receiving care from a paid caregiver, what if we could bring them together for just one day a week or maybe a few hours?
Oh, I know its a coordinating night mare, some parents or adult children might object, the caregiver would have to work too hard, and a ton of other reasons why it might not work out.
A great resources promoting this way of thinking is Generations United.