Mom needs to find someone to drive her to appointments and the grocery store. How do I find this in Tyler?

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You might want to check out grocery delivery services in her area. It is still nice to get to the store occasionally but depending how much asistance she needs and time she spends there I could foresee her spending a good bit on her assisted grocery runs. Also you might want to look into meals on wheels as well as local restaurants that deliver. One thing nice about some local agency transport systems is that sometimes they let an aid ride for free and another person as a guest for a nominal charge.

Also as an alternative to grocery shopping, maybe she could get a ride to a local senior center and enjoy a noon meal with some other seniors as well as enjoying some recreation. Some churches have get togethers over lunch for seniors.
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You might want to check out grocery delivery services in her area. It is still nice to get to the store occasionally but depending how much asistance she needs and time she spends there I could foresee her spending a good bit on her assisted grocery runs. Also you might want to look into meals on wheels as well as local restaurants that deliver. One thing nice about some local agency transport systems is that sometimes they let an aid ride for free and another person as a guest for a nominal charge.

Also as an alternative to grocery shopping, maybe she could get a ride to a local senior center and enjoy a noon meal with some other seniors as well as enjoying some recreation. Some churches have get togethers over lunch for seniors.
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Hi Julieparks, the first Person I would ask is a retired Police Officer, Who are very trust worthy, and highly trained driver's, punctual, and dependable. You would no worries.
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Post a flyer in the immediate neighborhood. Chances are you're already acquainted with this person; plus it'll cut down on waiting time for the driver to show up. Do run a background check just to be on the safe side.
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Some big law firms used to play the independent contractor game as well -helped them avoid paying benefits.
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Flyer, you reminded me of an important point about caregiver agencies. One of the first questions I asked when interviewing agencies is whether the caregivers are employees or contractors. By playing the contractor game companies are absolved of all responsibilities for these workers. It's a game played by all sorts of companies to get the cheapest price, wages etc and then take a walk if something goes wrong.
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For my Dad I have been using an Agency, and yes there are a variety of caregivers that help him during the week. At least one caregiver isn't hearing all his "stories" over and over :)

Each caregiver has their own specialty, like one loves to cook from scratch and how Dad loves her cooking.... another is very handy around the house to fix things and that keeps Dad off the ladders and out of the basement.... another is a young girl who is studying to be a nurse so she is like a "grand-daughter" figure for him which is nice since I never had children.

And what I like is if a Caregiver is unable to make it that day, the Agency quickly finds someone to fill in.... with an Agency they are licensed, bonded and insured, plus since the Caregivers are employees of the Agency, the Agency has workman's comp. The Agency I believe even has health insurance benefits for their employees.

Just recently I found out from our homeowner's insurance carrier, that if Dad hires someone outside of an Agency, he would need to add a "workman's comp" rider to his insurance policy. I was surprised how expensive that was but worth it if for some unforeseen reason the "employee" get hurt on the job.
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Garden, when i worked for a family in Highland they had me meet father to see if we hit it off. Since i was his 5 day a week caregiver that was important. If you are looking for help for dad please at least think about private caregivers. The relationship that can be formed with a steady caregiver can be of so much value, and agencies have very high turn over rates. PM me if you would like to talk.
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Windy, I've discussed with my father your plan to get acquainted with the caregivers first, so they have some idea who each other is when they actually do start. He likes it! Hooray! I think you've hit on a winning strategy.

I'm adding to my checklist for calling caregiving agencies whether or not they'll meet with the client first, just to get acquainted, and make sure we're all "on the same page". It'll be a good way to test the interaction before committing.
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I just hired an in home care agency for my folks. They are going to gradually gain trust, make friends and begin helping around the house and driving my folks to docs, grocery store etc.

Many home companies offer full range of services like this from companionship visits all the ways to skilled nursing care. I'm very pleased with these folks so far. I'm long distance and I'm really hopeful this will work.

They charge $20 per hour. Compared to assited living at $12 to $15 K per month this is a bargain if it helps keep my folks in their home a little longer.

Check that the company is licensed, bonded, insured and employees are background checked and drug tested.
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