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How can I find someone to help Mom run errands?

I am too far away and cabs are so expensive! She has gone shopping twice a week for the last 60 years and doesn't want to change that part of her routine.
Status: Open    Apr 07, 2015 - 03:05 AM


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Apr 16, 2015 - 08:02 AM

Home Care Companies or Agencies provide services typically referred to as "non-medical" such as meal prep, light clean up, personal care such as bathing and dressing. In addition they offer to drive a senior to an appointment or for shopping in their car or the senior's car. Many companies require a minimum of 4 hours but some do not and cost could range approximately $17-19/hr depending on your geographical area.

Other options could be arrange to go shopping when a neighbor, friend, or other family members goes shopping. The local church may have volunteers who would drive a senior to the store. Or two neighbors could share the cost of a home care company service. Check with your local state senior services agency for other options they may be offered in your area.


Nov 18, 2015 - 10:28 AM

In addition to Rhonda's fantastic answer, most home health agencies that I have worked with have various brackets of cost regarding transportation. One in particular charges no extra if a caregiver drives the resident's vehicle with no limitation on time out but adds a % fee if the caregiver uses their own vehicle. I think this is the best route for you to go to start off with. If your mom is no longer driving, I would suggest making early inquiries into senior living, which will provide shuttle and chauffeur type services to residents.

Nov 19, 2015 - 01:43 PM

You’re right, she shouldn’t change her routine! I gather that she is doing well independently, but no longer drives. You can see if there a transportation service like dial-a-ride or a shuttle provided by the local Senior Center. You could also look for referrals for a private driver through the senior center or her church (if she has one), or on an online listing. If she could use some additional assistance with tasks such as meal preparation, laundry and other light housekeeping, consider hiring a caregiver for homecare assistance.
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