Do you need a gallon of milk or loaf of bread today, but cannot get it?

Being able to pick up food, prescriptions, or little things needed around the house is a great need. Not being able to pick up these things makes life difficult. Our caretakers will work with you to provide simple shopping trips. Errands are important!

We can also arrange to take you to doctors’ appointments, or just take a walk in the park.

Errands & Transportation

Daily outings are all part of our routine.

Home caregiver with elderly person in town

Is running errands difficult for your senior or not happening at all?

If they need an item or two for the fridge but cannot get it, they may feel trapped.

Sometimes the smallest needs – if not met – can make for feelings of frustration and loneliness.

If your senior is finding it difficult to run those many errands to pick up food, prescriptions, or getting all those little things for the house – think about Destiny Senior Care.

Transportation is usually part of running errands. Why not plan for a caretaker to help out with this?

Daily outings are all part of our routine. We can take you to…

  • Doctor appointments
  • Medication pick up
  • Church
  • Visiting a friend
  • Taking a joy ride

We’re tops at picking things up and helping you get around. Just contact us, or make a phone appointment to talk about your needs.

“I needed to do some shopping
On poem ideas I was running low.
So I checked out the local flyer
To the downtown poet store….

I stocked up on love and encouragement
The right words I carefully chose.
Because in my experience
You can never have too many of those.”

– Mike Hauser

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Why a Caregiver is Best for Errands and Transportation

Rather than hire someone to help with eating, dressing, and cooking, and also hiring someone else to run errands, why not have one person do it all? This method is much more efficient. The caretaker who spends a few hours or more each day with their client gets to know them better and can help by putting things on the shopping list.

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”

– Carson McCullers

Driving Problems

Have you noticed dings or scrapes on mom or dad’s car? Have they been getting parking tickets? They might think that their driving is fine, but they might be suffering from declining eyesight, delayed reaction, or just confusion. You wouldn’t want them to get in an accident, would you?

Hiring a caretaker who can also give your senior rides would be a great solution to these problems. Your senior would still be getting out of the house for the fresh air and exercise that they need. And they would benefit from the companionship offered by the caregiver.

Safety in Driving

While aging affects motor skills, alertness, vision, and reflexes, age is only one factor when it comes to determining when a senior should stop driving.

Seniors tend to avoid difficult situations such as inclement weather, rush hour traffic, driving after dark, or driving on highways. But there comes a time when they should let someone else do the driving. The AAA says that “Although Americans are healthier and living longer than ever before, seniors are outliving their ability to drive safely by an average of 7 to 10 years.”

When Should Mom or Dad Stop Driving?

Adult children of seniors often wonder at what age should their mom or dad stop driving? The Institute on Aging says it depends:

“It’s quite possible that an 80-year-old in perfect health can drive safely without posing a threat to oneself or other drivers on the road, while a 60-year-old with impaired vision and a medical condition that affects their motor skills may indeed need to stop driving.”

Driver’s License Requirements for the Elderly

Drivers’ licenses in Illinois are good for four years until the person’s birthday. The office of the Illinois Secretary of State says that everyone age 75 or older must take an in-person driving test and a vision test at each renewal. Drivers age 81-86 must have their licenses renewed every two years, while those age 87 and older must renew annually.

Are you having a difficult time convincing your senior that they need to stop driving? In Ilinois, the Secretary of State accepts requests from physicians, police, or the judicial system to carry out an unsafe driver investigation. So you would have to work with your senior’s doctor, local police department, or go to a judge to take this step.

This is what happened to one Reddit contributor who said that an elderly person living on their block ran up on the lawn of a neighbor and simply drove off. The family’s children who normally play on the lawn were not there that day, so no one was hurt. The writer contacted the police who did an evaluation, and the driver’s license was taken away.

Other Driver Benefits

Another reason for hiring a caretaker who can drive is that maybe mom or dad would rather stay at home while the errand runner takes care of the shopping. Some tasks can be difficult, such as waiting in line at the post office, or taking the car to the mechanic and making decisions. And if you have an aggressive or large dog, walking your pet can be difficult, since there is always the threat that the dog will pull you off balance.

Here are some other tasks that a caretaker can handle working as an errand runner:

  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Dry cleaning
  • Taking the pet to the vet
  • Paying bills in person
  • Taking books back to the library
  • Taking donated items to the Goodwill
  • Trips to the hairdresser or barber shop
  • Trips to the doctor’s office
  • Restaurant trips
  • Trips to children or grandchildren’s homes

“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

– Steve Maraboli

We at Destiny Senior Care carefully screen and train our caregivers to carry out all kinds of tasks – not only running errands, but homemaking, personal care and helping their client stay healthy and fit.

To find out if Destiny Senior Care can meet your needs, call us at the number at the top of this page, or fill out the form on our contact page, or click here to set up a phone appointment.

Got a question? Send us an email.

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