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Old 12-11-2006, 05:32 PM
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Does anyone know where to look for a "housemate"? My Dad lives in a quiet town in TN (an hour or 2 from Nashville) in his own house with his 4 cats. He is getting up in age, and although he can still take care of himself just fine, we (his out of state children) would like him not to live alone anymore. Where do I look in TN for a person that needs a place to stay for free room and board in exchange for maybe doing some cooking or occassional errands for an elderly man? An help or suggestions would be appreciated!
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:35 PM
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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I'd say call "Ask a nurse" in his hometown, also call the local hospital and or University. Maybe you could find a college student that is studying nursing that needs a place to live? I would definitely talk with someone in the medical/elderly care field and get some recommendations that come with good solid references.
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Old 12-12-2006, 05:29 AM
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Thank you for your response. I actually HAVE tried the "caregiver" route, but #1, he doesn't need "care", and #2 that costs money (which neither he nor we have). So now I am looking for some kind of either local paper or some internet agency that maybe brings in foreign people who just want to be in the US and are happy to just have a place to live. I just have no clue where to look. I WILL however, take your suggestion and call "Ask a Nurse" for any suggestions they may have. Thanks again!
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Old 12-15-2006, 11:45 AM
Location: Ft. Pierce, FL
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Be very, very careful. Make sure you can get a background check on the person.
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Old 12-15-2006, 06:55 PM
Location: Michigan
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I second the suggestion of being VERY careful. If I were faced with a similar situation, I might try talking to some churches in the area or perhaps some relative of yours that you might have overlooked. I bet most families have a single and or elderly cousin or aunt that could also benefit from an arrangement like you described.
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