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My Secret Weapon: My Spy!

I’ve been worrying about my parents taking their medication, sticking to a healthy routine, etc.  I finally stopped long enough to call Wayne–the man who takes care of my parents every morning.  This is part of the system I set up before I left them on their own.   He’s getting along well with them, taking them on errands, making sure their pill boxes are full, making recommendations about getting rid of clutter (family can’t get away with this!), having conversations with my mother, etc. 

It’s working out really well.  They pay him for a couple of hours every morning which stretches into several more hours if they need to get groceries, do errands, or go to the doctor. 

I asked him questions about the various things I was concerned about and he’s on it!  My advice if you/your parents are in the same spot–get a spy!  He’s our “inside man.”  And he genuinely cares about them which is great. 

I know I’ll sleep well tonight!

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  1. Lena West says:

    You know, this got me thinking…

    Wouldn’t it be great if there was such a thing as a personal trainer who was also a personal concierge for elders?

    You could rely on their knowledge of health to help out and they would be organized enough to keep our aging parents on the straight and narrow.

    What a great professional idea for someone with the gift of working with our elders!

    Either way, I’m glad you’ve got a mole on the inside. Awesome strategy!



  2. Suzanne says:

    How wonderful to find someone like Wayne!
    It sounds like a perfect arrangement for them to feel supported, for them to be better able to care for themselves, and for you to know how things are going.

  3. Hi Lena and Suzanne – yes it feels great for me and for them.

    Lena – I love it that you called Wayne a mole! Such a great vocabulary! And you’re right that the elder concierge would be a great profession! Cheryl


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