"When our Mom became ill, everything changed so fast for my sister and I. We found ourselves in unfamiliar territory and and alone. We struggled with so many things. We wished there had been a place to turn for information and support."
One of the hardest things we had to do on this is tell our Dad that it was time to give up his driver's license. We take for granted what driving means to our parents- it is a symbol of their freedom. However, as their health and physical abilities deteriorate, driving becomes a major concern. Some parents may be more accepting if it and many will have a hard time with it.
When is the right time to talk to your parent about giving up driving? There are many different triggers. Most of the time, it is happens because of a health condition. For us, it was about a year after our Dad had a stroke that affected his vision. It sometimes happens under the advisement of their doctor. For others it becomes evident by the growing number of bumps and dents on their car. Regardless of the reason, it will be important to have a game plan to address their logistic needs. But don't worry, AgingParentsMarketplace.com is here to help.
Did you know that wheel chairs are covered under Medicaid/Medicare? Under their medicare policy, individuals may receive a new transportation device every five (5) years. A transport device is:
A power wheelchair
This is a benefit that your parent may be entitled. Consult with their primary healthcare provider for a script. Its information like this that you as the Caregiver or Care Manager will need to keep track of.
Did you know that a Home Care Agency will take your parent on errands? In addition to taking your parent to a doctor's appointment, they will also take them out to lunch, to the park, grocery shopping, to the movies, or to visit a friend. They will help your parents maintain a level of freedom in addition to providing companionship and safety.
Did you know that some doctors will still make house calls? When your parent is too frail to be driven to an appointment, their doctor may decide to make a house call. This is not common however some doctors will do it for a long time patient. All you have to do is ask.
We are never ready for this stage in our parents' lives but we are able to become better aware and prepared for it all. The inspiration behind this website is the belief that our experiences and the experiences of others who doing similar work could help others just like us - adult children, millennials, nieces, nephews, in-laws who are the Caregiver for an aging loved one. This Caregiver website is different. My sister and I are real and so are the others who doing the same work as we are - offering services derived from personal experiences in order to make your life as a Caregiver better than the one we had. It is our mission to make finding these solutions and services from real Caregivers just like you easier and convenient by delivering them to you in one centralized location! Welcome to Aging Parents Marketplace.