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updated: Feb 17, 2014, 8:46 AM

My Mother has stage IV melanoma and is in need of a short-term part- time care giver to ensure that she is eating and is being monitored for issues with colitis. I anticipate that this could be a longer gig, but think right now that she needs someone daily for the next 2 weeks to get her though a rough patch.

The person would need to monitor and ensure that she had a certain daily calorie intake, be able to help with light house work and understand what is needed to reach short and long-terms goals with diet and colitis issues.

My Mother sleeps much of the time and is fairly easy to deal with. - The exception being getting her to eat enough because of thrush.

Can anyone recommend a service or person for this? She is in Los Olivos and I think she would need someone around 6 hours a day now through March 3rd. After that she will likely need someone after side effects from an infusion occur which could start immediately or a week after for an unknown time.

Places People Are Talking About:

Assisted Health CareHome Helpers of the Central CoastReal Help
Senior HelpersVisiting Nurses and Hospice

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 COMMENT 495493 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 08:56 AM

Contact Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care - http://www.vnhcsb.org/ or Senior Planning Services - (805) 966-3312 www.seniorplanningservices.com


 COMMENT 495497P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 09:01 AM

Second Visiting Nurses and Hospice. They are wonderful and can at least point you in the right direction. Best wishes.


 COMMENT 495500 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 09:07 AM

I also used Visiting Nurse & Hospice, it's the way to go for sure. Or maybe consider seeing if there is space in one of the Hospice houses for 24 hour care? Another thing that I did while taking care of my father was to put an ad on craigslist for a caregiver and did find someone to be there with him for several hours a day while I worked, to help supplement what Hospice was doing.


 COMMENT 495525P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 10:36 AM

Senior Helpers..they have care givers and Nurses as well.


 COMMENT 495526 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 10:41 AM

I think your primary question has been answered, but if you can find someone with a nutritional background to give vitamins and especially probiotics possibly in a healthy drink to supplement her caloric intake and insure she is receiving proper nutrition it might be helpful. It is sometimes difficult to eat when you are ill, but a nice protein drink can be very helpful. Sometimes also feeding the person several helpings of Greek Yogurt with natural fruit is a way to get them to eat especially if she has thrush.
Hope she is on the mend soon.


 COMMENT 495527P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 10:42 AM

LivHOME (805) 687-8766


 COMMENT 495622 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 05:10 PM

Please check with her doctor and find out if he/she will authorize home help. If her need for care is medically necessary it will be covered by insurance and visiting nurse & hospice care can help you find a professional. The other agencies, in our experience, do not train their caregivers adequately enough to provide quality care. They are primarily in the "companion" business, with little oversight or quality control. If you do go with an agency, interview the prospective caregivers and give them explicit instructions. Monitor them and don't hesitate to request someone else if it's not a good fit. Hugs to you and your mom.


 COMMENT 495631 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 06:01 PM

Visiting Nurses have always been so great to deal with. Their kindness and attentiveness so comforting. Best to your mother and you.


 COMMENT 495652P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 07:58 PM


That place is in it for one thing only - all her or your money.

Check it's past record of litigations & out of court settlements. It's all a matter of public record via a search at the courthouse.



 COMMENT 495655 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-17 08:33 PM

Mission Terrace!!!!.... 654 has that right... I know of a case where a patient fell out of bed and the Mission Terrace owner forced the nurses to NOT put it in the chart. If you have a relative staying at ANY hospital and has unexplained bruises or injuries, I would NOT stop asking.... ask everyone, until they can explain it.

Hide ALL your valuables..... seriously... remove them from the home. My Mother had an unbelievable amount of belongings stolen from caregivers. Clothes, jewelry, money, kitchen items.... etc. Security cameras everywhere is a prudent idea.


 COMMENT 495666 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 07:45 AM

Home Helpers of the Central Coast (805)737-4357ph


 COMMENT 495670 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 07:56 AM

I know of a woman who just moved here from Michigan where she was an RN doing visiting nurse work. She is now waiting for her Calif. license to come through and she would be great for a job like this. Her name is Shanti Rose and her phone number is 805-448-0413. You could also check with Real Help at 965-1531.


 COMMENT 495768 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 11:43 AM

Coastal Homecare/Senior Planning Services 966-3312. Bonded and Insured, state and federal taxes paid. We employ the caregivers so you do not incur any loss from a worker's injury. Caregivers are well trained and chosen specifically for your needs- we do not just send a body out to your home! Caregivers are supervised and coached by professional care managers.


 BEACHSONG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 11:49 AM

Hospital or doctor should have assessed her need level. Does she need a trained aid, an LVN? At this stage not just any aid will do. I agree, the doctor can write a prescription and daily regime. If your mother has "spent down", she may qualify for the SSI list of aids. Most LVN and RNs won't do housework. Sometimes you can find a retired nurse. I can't emphasize how important screening is. What is their background, training? Do they have references? Do they have criminal background? Are they bonded or bondable? This is why agencies are important. They should not have role of paying bills, nor access to funds, account numbers.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 11:52 AM

Being in the Valley, you may be limited on availability. I don't remember the name of the place, but took my aunt to visit her friend in a care facility over there; they could likely give you names of places to look for help. Ask at your Chamber of Commerance.


 COMMENT 495795 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 01:11 PM

Great comments. remember that when going though an agency as opposed to choosing an independent caregiver, they take the hourly rate off the top, and pay the caregiver less. And at times when a caregiver is barely scraping by to live themselves, the care is compromised. Agencies provide trust and some level of screening, but there may be independent caregivers that give far better care, you may need to consider either or. I am not an agency posting, like perhaps the above comments. I have 2 really good friends on both sides of the table (independent and agency) so i know the difference.


 COMMENT 495800 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 01:25 PM

We did not have good luck with Coastal Homecare/Senior Planning Services. The several caregivers we tried to work with did not understand the basic needs of my elderly relative and barely spoke English.


 COMMENT 495918P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-18 05:12 PM

I cannot recommend highly enough: "ELDERLY IN-HOME CARE" with Sonia Franco and Mynor Franco. They were the most loving, caring, thoughtful, gentle and supportive people in the world. We brought our elder sister back home to die here peacefully and they were like angels. They've had plenty of experience with the dying and they've worked at local care facilities. They are quite affordable and we couldn't have had better, more professional care from anyone. Give them a call at 805-895-6088 and tell them the nuns where Doris lived remember them with love and gratitude.


 COMMENT 496162P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 03:45 PM

I'm afraid I had a number of unpleasant experiences with the caregivers from VNA, seems like they aren't what they used to be, and the nurses and manager weren't very responsive either. I ended up switching to Assisted Health Care, located on Carrillo St. (569-2000) and their caregivers were outstanding. My mom passed her last few months very well cared for and comfortably with their help. My mom was reluctant at first to make the change, but ended up being extremely happy with the care she received from Assisted. It is a smaller organization than VNA, so is able to give more personalized care and they make every effort to match the caregivers with the personality of the patient. I highly recommend them!


 COMMENT 697581 agree helpful negative off topic

2016-04-13 03:00 PM

Help Unlimited is incredible - I highly recommend them. They are very skilled, know what they are doing, and have incredible compassion and gentleness. You can call them at 800-559-0059



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