We are a family of 4 that includes our two sons and my husband Philip. Philip aged 61 has dementia and enjoys walking a lot. We have reached the stage where he requires having someone accompany him on the walks to make sure he does not go in to malls and shops to take chocolate. He is easily directable and very passive. He previously owned a software company.
One son is 20 and doing workaway/travel in Europe, the other is 22 and at university in another city. We live in Sandringham, Auckland which is 10 minutes from beach and city by car. I work as a social worker in a large hospital.
I prefer to have workaways who can cook vegetarian meals as this will be one of the tasks. You will also be doing some house and garden work and walking with Philip. There are many nice walks to do around Auckland. On 9 September, 2019 Philip started Dementia Daycare on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when I work. I take him on the way to work and a workaway guest walks there to pick him up about 1.15pm. He is walked home and later the workaway may go with him on another walk.
We have had many workaways in the past and enjoy having guests from other countries to stay. In summer we go to the beach often to swim.
I often have 2 workaways to spread the total of 40 hours across the week. Normally, they have a room each.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
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Organic gardening, making fermented foods and drinks, sourdough breadmaking
Walking companion for husband with dementia, cooking healthy vegetarian meals, watering garden and picking vegetables, housework, occasionally some painting.
Bed in a room in the house.
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. There are many beaches, museams, art galleries and a zoo to visit. There is a nearby island that is worth a day trip or overnight stay.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
4 hours per day for 5 days or the equivalent .
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