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    This is a very important issue throughout the DR as the population ages and families are increasingly more apt to have several members employed. The old system of :family: care is pretty difficult to continue these days..

    That said, there are fine women, even some nuns that can provide in0home care for elderly patients. When you get here, please get in touch with me via PM, and I will help you as much as possible.

    What Cobraboy said has been true for many decades; the need is there, the opportunity is just sitting there.

    There is a place in Santo Domingo, and the one in Jarabacoa is really lovely. There is San Vicente here in Santiago, but most have waiting lists.

    A 24/7 live-in is certainly your best option (but with some outside supervision!!!)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by monfongo View Post
    I think the biggest problem you would have here is they are elderly and they would most likely have a problem with the food here ,as their immune systems aren't what they used to be .
    Digestive system moreso than immune system. You cant eat them plantains and all this starchy food not get stopped up when you are old. Besides diabetes, these old folks are too set in their ways.to change diets

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    Good luck, 2dlight. Sincerely, and I hope to hear of your experiences.

    24/7 care in an outpatient or group home setting is massively expensive. We've supported my sister in one for over 30 years purposefully without any state aid.

    There is a huge need in the DR for ACLF's, step-down units and Alzhemer's care. My healthcare background interfaced with that area for many years. I'd love for an angel investor to appear to create such a system in the DR.
    Impossible, there is no standardization if you can just hire a Haitian woman to do that caregiving for 8000 pesos/month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    This is a very important issue throughout the DR as the population ages and families are increasingly more apt to have several members employed. The old system of :family: care is pretty difficult to continue these days..

    That said, there are fine women, even some nuns that can provide in0home care for elderly patients. When you get here, please get in touch with me via PM, and I will help you as much as possible. 

    What Cobraboy said has been true for many decades; the need is there, the opportunity is just sitting there.

    There is a place in Santo Domingo, and the one in Jarabacoa is really lovely. There is San Vicente here in Santiago, but most have waiting lists.

    A 24/7 live-in is certainly your best option (but with some outside supervision!!!)...

    Cordially,


    HB
    I will most certainly take you up on that offer before my final move. I'm planning a trip to Santo Domingo at the end of April for some preliminary groundwork and to see my dad. Thank you HB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dlight View Post
    Thank you dv8. I'd like someone who would give my mother a sense of normalcy in her life again, she hasn't had that since we moved her out of her apartment a year ago: take her to the market, church, cook simple meals, assist with personal hygiene and provide some companionship. She needs to be in a Spanish speaking environment since she's lost the little English she learned and is forgetting the names of things in Spanish already.
    i see. it's hard to find someone to live-in these days, many folks do not want that kind of a job because it means 24/7 workload. grandpa of miesposo had arrangement of day nurse and night nurse. the one staying for the night was basically sleeping in the bedroom with him, getting up only to assist when needed and to check on him (sort of like with a little child which he became towards the end of his days). but it was a large household and the family was always in and out so aside from additional nurse the day staff was numerous. in any case, it may be easier to find two people doing shift work. best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    i see. it's hard to find someone to live-in these days, many folks do not want that kind of a job because it means 24/7 workload. grandpa of miesposo had arrangement of day nurse and night nurse. the one staying for the night was basically sleeping in the bedroom with him, getting up only to assist when needed and to check on him (sort of like with a little child which he became towards the end of his days). but it was a large household and the family was always in and out so aside from additional nurse the day staff was numerous. in any case, it may be easier to find two people doing shift work. best of luck.
    Likely it would take 3-3.5 to staff 24/7 doing 12-hour shifts.

    One live-in would quickly burn out.

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    I will take your insights and recommendations into consideration as I attempt to come up with a strategy that addresses her needs and gives me the freedom to explore the entire country. I can already see the need to modify the 24/7 aspect of care for her as it relates to a live-in. Thank you all again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    This is a very important issue throughout the DR as the population ages and families are increasingly more apt to have several members employed. The old system of :family: care is pretty difficult to continue these days..

    That said, there are fine women, even some nuns that can provide in0home care for elderly patients. When you get here, please get in touch with me via PM, and I will help you as much as possible.

    What Cobraboy said has been true for many decades; the need is there, the opportunity is just sitting there.

    There is a place in Santo Domingo, and the one in Jarabacoa is really lovely. There is San Vicente here in Santiago, but most have waiting lists.

    A 24/7 live-in is certainly your best option (but with some outside supervision!!!)...

    Cordially,


    HB

    Thank you all for your advice! My case is complicated since I live in USA and my aunt in Santiago has no children and all family have moved elsewhere or cant help out 24/7. Sadly I have to put her somewhere because hiring somebody to live with her, I obviously would not be able to supervise that person. (and whats worse Then I have to figure out what to do with the apartment and all the crap in it!).....It never ends! "Si no es Juan es Juana!!!"

    HB, anything affordable near Santiago?
    On my last trip, foreseeing this, I went to the one in Canabacoa, very nice but its beyond my means..and I went to San Vicente and that was so depressing that I just stopped looking.

    Im going to Santiago to take care of this but would like to have some sort of plan of action

    Thanks again

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    here's an article from listin diario about private care homes for elderly (a part of a series about old people in DR):
    http://www.listindiario.com/la-repub...ion-que-cuesta

    that should give you an idea about prices and conditions.

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    I've used HOGAR GERIATRICO CANITAS DORADAS in Santiago (Near Tamboril) when my step dad had a minor stroke and my mom was not able to attend. They charge around 25k a month, plus any additional services your relative requires, ex. medical exams, tests, rehab, etc. The fee only covers the stay and food, everything else will be extra. You can search the web, there are few pictures, my mom said that he was treated decently and the place was clean. I live in the US as well and I understand the frustration. I hope this helps.

    BTW, 25k Dominican pesos.

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