My mum (75) has been recently diagnosed, and all of the family is concerned that she's not really safe to live alone anymore. (Not directly because of the diagnosis, but because of the symptoms - we were waiting to find out what they meant and now we know that although they may improve slightly in response to medication, they're likely to get worse long term.)
The biggest thing we worry about is falling. She worries about this too but is very stubborn and has not long moved into her house. She hates the idea of sheltered housing, and moving in with us would mean a big geographical move (although I've offered, and that would be my preferred option).
We were wondering about the possibility of someone coming to live with her? She's not yet at the stage where she needs a lot of care; most of what she needs right now is housekeeping - cooking cleaning etc - but also someone being around in case of falls, handling her, knowing when to take her to hospital. Also to keep an eye on her condition and mental health - she's very good at hiding things from us, and I'm not in a position to have that regular contact.
Does anyone have any experience of this arrangement - does it work? What kind of person would we be looking for? How much would we be talking? etc
I'd be grateful for any thoughts.