When my brother was 16, he was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He’s 29 now, lives with our parents and works full-time. His disorder keeps him from being entirely independent and my parents help manage his medications and his a.m. and p.m. routines. Our parents are retired and they want me to take on the responsibility of assisting him with medications and his daily routine. I just can’t. I have a job, a husband and two kids who need me. I know home care aides usually work with physically disabled people and the elderly, but could they also help my brother? He basically needs medication supervision, help with groceries and housekeeping and I could use someone who would let me know if there’s a problem. Could this work?
Dear Big Sister,
Yes, home care is a good option. An agency can meet with your brother, parents and you to learn about him and his needs. All of you can participate in developing a care plan which would include information about your brother and his needs, and set up parameters for documentation, reporting