Get what you need, when you need it!
Imagine running out of important medications and not knowing when you’ll be able to get them. This is a reality for many older adults who often aren’t driving and have mobility challenges. Many of us often take for granted the ease in which we can run out and do tasks such replenishing our pantries, running out to buy a new outfit, or getting a new book at the library. The inability to run errands can leave many older adults feeling paralyzed by their limitations.
How can we help?
The Seniors Helping Seniors model is designed to ensure that older adults can still engage in important activities of daily living such as shopping, going to the library, picking up prescription medications, dropping off dry cleaning, etc. For those who are housebound, we may run errands on a client’s behalf, but we usually encourage our clients to join in the errand process to keep them as engaged as possible in the process.
Staying engaged in seemingly simple activities like errands can give older adults a much needed sense of independence and autonomy. We want to make sure that we can keep your loved one as engaged in taking care of themselves as physically possible. Research shows that when people give up certain tasks in their entirety that they lose the ability to participate in these tasks faster. For example, a client may not be able to grocery shop given they are no longer driving and are not able to carry in the bundles. They may be able to actually go to the store with some assistance and help pick out the items they want. They may also be able to count out the money needed to pay for the groceries. Having our clients stay engaged, even in a limited capacity, helps them to still feel useful in their day-to-day life. It also ensures that many of their capabilities stay intact for as long as possible.
If you’re interested in getting your loved ones help with errands, please contact us!