My brother had a job for most of high school visiting and interacting with a resident of one of the local nursing homes. The staff couldn't really give enough individual attention to Frank, so my brother used to come in and feed him, then walk with him all over the home. They would stop in every room to say hi and chat, so he developed close relationships with all of the other patients, too. Frank (a retired stockbroker) used to try to give my brother investment advice, but was stymied by the fact that my brother had almost no money to invest. smile I'm sure it was fairly inexpensive for the family who hired him, and I think it was a job that contributed in a pretty major way to my brother's personal development, too. NotherBen, if you can't be there every day yourself, you might want to see if you can find a high school student who could spend some time with your father after school.