While it can be emotionally difficult for an aging loved one to adjust to declines in mobility, there are a variety of daily activities that will be directly affected as well. As the caregiver for an aging loved one with limited mobility, you’ll like find that transporting them to physical therapy, doctor’s appointments, and family functions can be challenging, and sometimes frustrating. Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford offers a few tips to help make the job easier:
- Allow more time. This seems like an overly simplistic solution, but even something as simple as allowing a few additional minutes can make getting to your desired destination much easier. You’re aging loved one won’t have to rush and it gives you additional time to figure out any problems that you hadn’t anticipated.
- Try to use a higher vehicle. Do you have access to a minivan, SUV or even a truck? A higher vehicle means they can sit down without having to worry about falling into the seat, and it also lessens the distance they have to stand up from. If the vehicle you’re considering seems too high, consider an assistance step or step stool, which will ease the motion of getting in and out of the vehicle.
- Look into mobility aids. There are a variety of mobility aids that can offer helpful assistance in getting from point A to point B. Some individuals may be resistant to using a wheelchair, scooter or walker, but if you point out that it will only be for these circumstances or just in case they get tired, it can make it a more acceptable option.
- Consider getting a handicapped parking placard. Not only does this allow you to park closer to your destination, it also gives you the space to open doors fully, making it easier for your aging loved one to move around, and for you to assist them in doing so. Each city has their own application process, so check with your local DMV for additional information.
Transporting someone who has developed limited mobility can be challenging, but that shouldn’t keep you from taking them places! Continuing activities they need or enjoy, even on a limited basis, has a positive effect on their mental health.
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