Transportation/Errands: It’s the Little Things
Decreased mobility often means less opportunity to take care of the little errands that make up our day to day lives. Picking up our favorite brand of bread, or getting a cup of coffee at the local Starbucks, stopping in to the shoe repair shop to get that pair of loafers fixed. All those small details become an ordeal to many senior citizens as their ability to get around by themselves declines. And yet, it’s not a catastrophe. It’s in fact something your loved one might rarely mention or complain about. But it’s there–just more evidence of a decline in functioning, as well as in the quality of life for an average senior citizen.
Unless, of course, they decide to engage a reputable, professional homecare agency. Then everything changes.
Having an in-home caregiver mitigates these problems with not only transportation for your senior, but someone who can simply help with the shopping and all the errands a loved one no longer has the energy or the ability to do themselves. This kind of service also lets family members off the hook, freeing them to enjoy visits without the laundry list of “must dos” that otherwise might keep them away from the important thing: the relationship they have with their loved one. Wouldn’t everyone rather be visiting with one another than worrying about whether it’s too late to go to the post office?
It’s a small part of why in-home caregiving is the gold standard for care when it comes to aging in place. Whether severely impaired or simply a little forgetful, studies show most seniors prefer to remain at home as they grow older. Having an in-home caregiver to do the errands, helping with the chores and tasks of daily living, makes this simple preference a whole lot easier.