Every year on her birthday Emily could count on one thing- a card from her Grandma with a 5 dollar bill tucked inside. So when her birthday came and went last year with no card, the entire family knew something was wrong. Luckily, they found out it was something fairly simple. Grandma’s eyesight was failing and she could no longer drive herself to the store to purchase birthday cards for her 12 grandchildren.
Luckily, the family decided to use Capability Homecare to hire a caregiver to visit Grandma once a week and take her on a special outing, usually to the Hallmark Store! Something as simple as an outing to the card shop can be a highlight in an elderly person’s life. Loneliness and depression are common among seniors, and a small weekly outing gives them something to look forward to.
Hiring someone to provide transportation for your loved one may seem like a frivolous expense, yet it can be a lifeline for seniors. Having the opportunity to get out of the house can be just what someone needs to ward off depression. So, if you are unable to provide transportation for your parents, consider hiring a caregiver to do it for you. They can take them to lunch, to church, to the movies, or even to the Hallmark store. It may just be the best money you ever spent!
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