Help needed with elder care, as you explore central Texas, USA


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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We are Betty and Al, a mature, active, retired and semi-retired couple, living in the heart of central Texas, in the small, sleepy town of Wimberley, 45 minutes from Austin. Wimberley has freshwater rivers, creeks, swimming holes, parks and wide open spaces plus arts and music in the rolling hills in the middle of the Central Texas Hill Country! Al is a retired professor, teacher, writer, avid reader and traveler. Betty is semi-retired speech pathologist (still sees several private clients), photographer, yoga teacher and traveler. Together, we love to laugh, have interesting conversations, taste wine and recall great times from travels all over the world. We have no children or pets in the house (Al takes care of several homeless outdoor cats) and prefer that you come without children or pets, also.

    We wish to find a mature couple or a male individual to assist with Al's daily needs for socialization, and help for Betty to cope with Al's recent diagnosis of Alzheimers disease. This means being flexible and having a sense of humor during confusion which often occurs when someone has mild to moderate dimentia! Pitching in to assist in whatever way is needed is what we are looking for. This may mean buying groceries, making an occasional meal (if you are so inclined), taking Al places he enjoys, helping Betty with her daily needs. Probably you wouldn't realize that he has dimentia in normal conversation. Al manages his own hygene; however, taking his medications on time, for instance, is something he forgets to do; thus, currently I make sure he takes them, and that is the kind of thing with which I need help. Also, occasionally I will be away from home for a day or two, and Al would need a companion during that time.

    We have a separate bedroom with queen bed in our house for you and a shared ample size bathroom. We will have most meals together and look forward to enjoying each other’s company & engaging conversations! Sharing and hearing about your adventures is of primary importance to us!! If you do not have your own transporation, at times we are available to take you to out-of-the-way local places of interest & introduce you to this lovely area of Texas!

    We really want a workawayer to be Al's assistant as much as possible plus help with chores & errands. Therefore, you need to be a good listener, have patience and flexibility. Additionally, Betty needs help organizing the house and keeping up. Ideally, our workawayer(s) also have experience with light chores around the house and be handy with general household maintenance, such as changing bulbs. It's crucial that you have had experience with someone with dimentia as they require much patience, repeated information at times, and distration. Ideally we will have a 2 week introductory period wherein we can assess if our situation works with your goals, and how well we all get along. Afterwards, a long-term stay is preferable. I won't put a limit on the time, though a minimum of 2-3 months is preferable. It really depends on you and whether or not you are trying to stay in the area, or prefer to travel more. If you elect to stay, and all seems to be pleasant, we may discuss a monthly stipend for the work you are doing, in the range of $200. There should be time in your day to work part-time online, though I doubt that you'd be able to sustain a full time job (unless it can be done at night). When I am out of town, which is infrequent, you would be responsible for Al's meals, etc. and of course, that would allow you to take off a couple of additional full days to explore this area. Al if fluent in German, so if you'd like to learn or practice German, he'd be a great teacher.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Elderly Companionship
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our location in Texas will provide you with many, many opportunities to experience what it’s like to be a TEXAN!! We have numerous outdoor activities (swimming hole; fresh spring creeks, rivers; hiking; biking (bring your bike); canoeing, kayaking, tubing. Venues for live country-western-blues music abound, along with dance halls & country dancing. Wimberley has art galleries and tourist shops, plus great barbecue—the GREATEST!! San Marcos (home of Texas State University), Austin and San Antonio are both very close and offer city-experiences, too. You can have it all here in Wimberley!! And, we love to show it to our visitors. We are also available to take you to out-of-the-way local places of interest & introduce you to this lovely area of Texas!

  • Help


    We really want a workawayer to be Al's assistant as much as possible plus help with chores & errands. Therefore, you need to be a good listener, have patience and flexibility. The sooner you can arrive, the better!
    Additionally, Betty needs help organizing the house, and keeping up with normal routine things!
    Ideally, you have experience with dimentia and know the importance of retaining a sense of humor, helping that person keep their dignity and continue being socially stimulated. We are developing a "care team" of friends and neighbors who will assist in this, as well. At times, they will take Al to lunch or to volunteer somewhere, and they may drop in for a coffee and conversation, to help him continue relationships outside of just Betty. Al started a "men's movie afternoon" because he has a vast collection of classic and older movies that he wanted to share with some of his male friends. This has been very successful and they meet twice monthly. You might be called upon to que up and turn on the movie. Also Al might need your assistance remembering how to access information on his computer, or just his password. You may have ideas about ways to keep him active, as well. Al is a very interesting conversationalist. He lived in Germany for over 20 years and has many great stories of his time there. I lived there for 4 of those years, and together we traveled widely. Occasionally we invite friends over for dinner or drinks, and you would find them to be a fascinating group, as well. Helping during those occasions might be necessary. As you may be able to tell, ours is life in change, and we need someone who can "go with the flow."

    Since we have spent many years living in Germany, Workawayers from Germany and Europe, and/or one who speaks German or wants to learn German, would be a definite plus, although not a necessity, of course!
    Please let me know your strengths and how you think you can fit in.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We prefer a male individual, though possibly a couple could work, too, who wishes to assist according to our description. We have a separate bedroom within our home with a queen bed, closet, small writing table, lamps, etc. and shared bathroom with Al. Our townhome is large enough for private space when you wish to take a personal break, perhaps in our indoor atrium or across the street in a large gazebo or under the shade trees around the private swimming pool for residents. As live in a townhome community so there are several common areas (including the pool) which you can enjoy. We are a short walk away from the creek, where kayaking and swimming are available. Nearby is a tavern which has live music and dancing on the weekends.
    We will have most evening meals together and look forward to enjoying each other’s company & engaging conversation! Sharing and hearing about your adventures is of primary importance to us!! You will be sharing our living space, so maintaining neatness and respecting others is necessary. No loud music or smoking allowed inside; alcohol in moderation only. Refrigerator and storage space for personal food items is available. Probably you will be in charge of preparing your own breakfast and lunch, so you may tell me what you like to eat for those meals and I will purchase it, or we can purchase it together. Normally we will share the evening meal which either I cook, or you may wish to cook, from time to time. Al can still cook a few meals, and that is an activity he enjoys when he has some assistance.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    No public transportation is available. You will need a car for most activities and exploring, although the Blanco River and Cypress Creek are within walking distance. Al & Betty are looking forward to taking you to as many activities as possible, in our town of Wimberley & surrounding areas. Wimberley, Texas, is located where the Cypress Creek and the Blanco River meet and is 45 minutes outside of Austin. A lot of people refer to this town as "a little bit of Heaven." The main attractions around Wimberley are the Blue Hole Regional Park, Jacob's Well, Old Baldy Mountain, Wimberley Glassworks, Wimberley Valley Winery and the shady Wimberley Square (shopping and dining). The drive from Wimberley to Blanco on the Devils Backbone, FM 32, provides sweeping vistas of the hills. Wimberley is the central flyway spot for migrating birds. The Edwards Plateau is a perfect location to watch these beautiful birds and view the vast variety of natural fauna and abundant wildlife. In October, Wimberley hosts migrating Monarch butterflies too. In Dripping Springs, Hamilton's Pool (30 minutes away) provides a breathtaking natural amenity. There are many wineries, distilleries, and breweries in this area, too, plus some good restaurants.

    If we are not available to take you, it's possible to get a public tram to San Marcos (15 miles away), and from there, catch buses to Austin and San Antonio, where you can spend the day sightseeing. Or, we may be able to drive you to the bus station in San Marcos and pick you up, depending upon your time frame. San Antonio is home to the Alamo, a famous missionary where a very important battle for Texas' independence took place. Plus the Riverwalk offers a scenic way to shop, eat and drink you way around the San Antonio River. At Christmas there is a fantastic floating parade. Austin is the capitol of Texas, and the music capitol of the US. Any night you can find an array of fantastic music at the many music venues offered there. It also is home to the 2nd largest free-tail bat community in the world, which takes flight at dusk each evening, from under the S. Congress bridge. There's so much to do here that it's impossible to describe it all in this format. Several workawayers have come here and have fallen in love with the area so much so that they now live here permanently. Winters are mild, generally having only 5-10 days of freezing weather, Most days you can enjoy outdoor activities.

    Please investigate these websites to get an idea of what you would like to see & experience. Flea markets, wineries and local events abound in many of the surrounding towns and cities.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 996892312367