I have been on my own for about 15 years. I was married for the 20 years prior to that. Our kids were always around and I always had friends. But lately, I feel like I need help with things due to my dementia. My kids are very busy and they do not even live nearby, so I was not sure what I should do at first. Someone at the senior center I sometimes go to said that I should look into getting dementia care in Brooklyn to help me do some of the things that I feel that I am having trouble with. She gave me a business card with the name and contact info for a local company. I thanked her and said that I would think about it.
I had been living alone for so long that I was not sure how I felt about someone else being in my home for long hours at a time. Would they like me? Would I be happy about it? The only way to find out would be to call the company on that business card. The woman I spoke with was nice. She said that they have workers who come to your place for a certain amount of hours to help you with day-to-day life. They also spend time talking to you, and she said that her workers often feel that were are part of their extended family. I told her I would try it on a trial basis and to please send her best employee.
On Monday morning, a friendly woman showed up on my doorstep. She had a big smile and she hugged me when she met me. She sat me down and said that I should not fear her being there because she wanted to make my life easier, not harder. She then made breakfast for me, and it was the best one I had in years, considering I had only been eating easy-to-make cereal. When the week was up, I didn’t want her to go, so I told her to stay!