Hiring a reliable friend
January 29, 2014 6:56 PM Subscribe
Let's say at some point in the future I need a doctor-mandated live-in caretaker - someone to drive me to and from appointments, keep an eye on me, and help me with keeping myself fed and keeping my house and life in order while I fight an illness or recover from major surgery. Normally this would be a friend or family member. What would I call someone whom I hire to do this?
posted by WasabiFlux to Work & Money (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This is fairly hypothetical at this point, but I'll spell out potential situations. If I have no friends or family in the area, and I need someone to drive me to and from a surgery, look after me for the required period afterward, and help me with household chores and feeding myself, who do I look for?
I don't need someone with a nursing degree, nor a high-class private chef, nor a chauffeur with a suit and a luxury car; and much more general-purpose. The closest thing I can think of is a valet ala Jeeves, but without the century-old, upper class, "gentleman's gentleman," "yes sir," "of course sir" implications.
Rather than taking care of me, they'd be watching out for me. Instead of cooking my meals, they'd be sharing meals with me. The amount of time I'd need them would vary from 6 hours to 6 weeks, depending on the procedure.