Overcoming WinterWinter is a difficult time for seniors and their caregivers. My mom needed blood tests every three weeks which meant taking her out into the freezing cold and maneuvering our way through snow and ice to the lab. By chance I learned that these tests could be done in her home for a small fee that was an eligible medical tax deduction.
Also as my mom's patient advocate, I could see her doctor on my own for routine prescription renewals.
There are many mobile services for seniors. To find services go to the Seniors' Resource Network site and call a seniors organization in your area.
Here are just some examples of services that will come to a senior's home.
- Manitoba X-Ray Clinic - Portable Unit
- Grocery Orders and Deliveries
- Winnipeg Mobile Library Service for Seniors 311
- Meal Delivery
- Hair Care
- Foot Care
- Pet grooming
Winter OutingsMy mom loved outings from the personal care home but as her dementia progressed she was more interested in just going somewhere that she could see families, colours and familiar items. We started just cruising the malls with a customer service wheelchair but eventually that became too busy for her. I found other spots like IKEA where we could look at many things and then have coffee and dessert was a better choice. Shelmardines was another favourite during the months it is open. Does anyone know of other spacious low cost locations?
Thoughtful Reading for Future Seniors
Moving Beyond Place:Aging in Community by William H. Thomas and Janice Blanchard
Read the whole article here.