Assistance with accomplishing tasks outside the home is key to helping older adults maintain their independence. Whether the client is homebound or simply unable to drive anymore, receiving needed help with errands and shopping can allow them to stay active and engaged in life.
They can help the older adult by doing the shopping and errands for them or by providing the transportation and assistance required by the person to accomplish these tasks themselves.
Help with errands, shopping, and transportation falls under the category of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). These are the complex skills that are necessary in order to live independently and that all of us do once we are up, out of bed, dressed, and ready to start our day.
Family Resource provides assistance with these tasks because we understand that many older adults can continue to live independently when they have help with IADLs. Shopping and errands can be done either with the client or by the caregiver alone.
The presence of a trained caregiver enables your loved one to move around safely. If shopping with their client, a Family Resource caregiver will assist their client with getting in and out of the vehicle, along with any adaptive equipment they may use including walkers and wheelchairs. Caregivers can push grocery carts, carry groceries and other purchases, and put things away once they have returned home.
If shopping without the client, the caregiver will go to the store of the client’s choice with a list of needed items. Our caregivers can use cash or a pre-paid store card provided by the client. Following the errand or shopping trip, the caregiver will return the card or change along with receipt so that the client or their family member can reconcile the purchase. Caregivers do not use a client’s credit card or checks.
At Family Resource Home Care, we start by listening.
Every client and family is different and has their own story to tell. We learn all we can about the senior from their health history to current lifestyle, interests, and concerns. We work with the senior to determine what goals are important to them and what needs they have. We’ll also talk to family members to learn more and build a complete understanding of the client.
We carefully select and screen our caregivers with thorough background checks, required references, and an in-depth interview. We only work with caregivers who are genuinely nice and care about their clients. Every Family Resource caregiver is trained and has their own insured vehicle, making shopping and errands simple. However, if you or your loved one prefer that the caregiver drive your car, that can also be arranged.
The team at Family Resource Home Care is committed to providing the best quality care and services to keep seniors active and independent. Our services are customized to the needs and desires of each client and are designed to achieve the quality of life they seek. Our caregivers are experienced, highly qualified, and offer attentive and caring help as needed.