Just checking to see if this works!
Tevita (“David”) Korodrau and his company Family Hands took over as caregivers for
my father in October 2010, shortly after my father’s 100th birthday, and continued in this
capacity for over a year until my father passed way November 2011. During this period,
Family Hands provided several caregivers, with David himself being the caregiver most
David provided fine care for my dad. He also provided increasing assistance for my
mother, especially after she had a fall in May 2011. My mother initially resisted the idea
of having caregivers present, but David gained the appreciation and trust of both. They
felt safe and cared for.
Perhaps it’s useful to review the caregiving assistance provided. My parents had an
apartment at an independent-living retirement complex. My dad, as a consequence of
heart failure, anemia, and a fall in July 2010, had come to require 24-hour care. He could
travel short distances with a walker but required assistance getting in and out of bed,
using the bathroom and, later, a commode. Typically he would need to get up several
times in the night to urinate. He had some simple physical therapy exercises to be
performed daily. The caregivers showered my dad, helped with his grooming, and helped
dress and undress him. My dad no longer felt like going down to the complex’s dining
room, so the caregivers took care of presenting him meals. These included food at hand,
such as cold cereal and nutritional drinks, food they would order from the dining room
and bring up, and blender mixes that they prepared. The caregivers also did my dad’s
laundry. Eventually they came to help my mother get out of bed and dressed, take her to
the dining room or bring up meals for her, and help her with her showers, hygiene, and
I think three aspects of the Family Hands care were particularly noteworthy. First, my
dad had become rather picky about his eating and his weight had fallen from about 114
pounds before his fall to about 106 pounds afterwards. The Family Hands caregivers,
through encouragement and blender concoctions, got his weight up to over 120 pounds.
Second, when my dad had an outbreak of shingles, David first noticed a sore and had me
notify the doctor’s office. He also managed the required treatments and alerted us to side
effects of one of the medications, leading the doctor to suspend its use. Third, as
mentioned earlier, he overcame my parents’ (particularly my mother’s) resistance to
having home care present. He learned, for example, to provide my mother with assistance
unobtrusively when she needed without asking – if asked, my mother usually would say
that she didn’t need help and could the task at hand herself.
In short, I’m happy to recommend David and Family Hands as caregiving providers.
January 22, 2012
Thanks Stephen Prata.Have enjoyed working with your parents.The last 15months has been challenging.
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