Last week the fellow who is my case worker came here to talk about my specific needs and to tell me about my options. He is knowledgeable and courteous. I have found that I become irritated with those who treat me like a child just because I am old. There was none of that.
The result of our conversation is that the home health care people will come in twice a week to deal with my legs. The nurse called me today to set up an appointment for Thursday this week. Duane has that day off from his job so he asked to be here. That way he can learn how the health care workers deal with my legs and he can be a backup if needed. This is Minnesota. We have ice storms. We have snow storms. A backup is a good thing should the worker be unable to get here.
My case worker is setting up a cleaning service that will come in for three hours a week. They will do the basics - clean the bathroom, mop the floors, dust, vacuum, etc. Should there be time after that, they will do specific jobs like cleaning out a cupboard or washing windows, etc.
These services are not free. I did not expect them to be. The cost to me is based on my income and which services I require. Bottom line - I pay $59 per month. I was surprised. I thought it would cost me more than that. The fee is well within my budget and as far as I am concerned, worth every penny.
This will take some getting used to. Having people who are not family in my home three days a week is not something I normally do. But I will just have to adapt, for I think this will be a good thing. As my youngest son said when I called him to tell him what was happening, "Good, Mom. Now maybe life will be easier for you."
He may be right.
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