My parents live in an independent living community. My father is 99 and my mother is 92. They both have a moderate degree of age-related dementia with increasing cognitive dysfunction.
Several years ago, our care manager suggested contacting Duet for aides / companions. My parents needed someone to help keep their brains engaged as well as assist with things like grocery shopping and meal preparation. Duet has provided the perfect companions for them. The companions provide every service that a traditional aide would, but they go way beyond the basics. They prepare meals, keep an eye on medications, go grocery shopping, arrange, and go to medical appointments, accompany them to activities, etc. Most importantly, they do their best to keep my parents engaged and mentally stimulated. As an example, one of the companions is always sharing videos, movies, articles with them. She encourages them to actively participate in discussions about whatever they are doing together. She also encourages them to share stories with her about their younger days. Her patience and kindnesses are extraordinary. Another one of their companions has 20 years of special education teaching experience as well as her own aging parents. There is nothing that can faze her. She too, is extraordinarily patient with them, as well as genuinely interested in them as people. Both women give 110% of themselves each time they are with my parents. I cannot even begin to say how critical Duet has been during the past year and half. The community that they live in had been locked down to all visitors (including family) since the beginning of the pandemic. These companions/aides have been their only source of companionship and engagement. They have literally been responsible for keeping them healthy and alert for the past year and a half.