• How much is In-Home elder care?

    My parents are both in their 80s and my family is going to need to hire some kind of domestic help in-house. I have been trying to call various agencies to get an idea of how much these services cost so we can budget, but they all give me an endless run around. I just need to know an idea of how much these services cost. I do not need a nurse, just... show more
    My parents are both in their 80s and my family is going to need to hire some kind of domestic help in-house. I have been trying to call various agencies to get an idea of how much these services cost so we can budget, but they all give me an endless run around. I just need to know an idea of how much these services cost. I do not need a nurse, just help cleaning, medication reminders, perhaps a little laundry a few hours a day- things like that. Every day would be nice, but if it is too much two days a week is better than nothing. This would also be in Kansas City, so midwest experiences or anecdotes might be more useful. Tips and advice would be helpful also. Thanks!
    5 answers · Other - Family & Relationships · 6 years ago
  • Dining Etiquette- peas with spoon or fork?

    My mother was struggling with a fork for her tiny peas. This was non-formal dinner, just me, Mom and Dad (in bathrobe even). I told her- why not use a spoon?- as she was eating them one at a time, with many falling onto table or plate. She said she could not do that. I asked my family in an email if they all use forks only, even when dining alone,... show more
    My mother was struggling with a fork for her tiny peas. This was non-formal dinner, just me, Mom and Dad (in bathrobe even). I told her- why not use a spoon?- as she was eating them one at a time, with many falling onto table or plate. She said she could not do that. I asked my family in an email if they all use forks only, even when dining alone, and some actually said they do! I was shocked. My family ignores "elbows on table" and totally ignores the fork in left hand, knife on right and other rules when dining informally. I think it is OCD (obsessive compulsive) to force yourself to struggle with a fork with baby peas, unless at a formal dinner (of course). But some in my family disagree and says this rule is somehow more important than others they choose to ignore when eating in private. What is the consensus out there? Spoon wrong? Or spoon optional?
    6 answers · Etiquette · 7 years ago