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Need to find transportation to and from laundromat for elderly handicapped lady. Any suggestions?

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She would need to be able to take her laundry in the vehicle.

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That is bizarre I posted that response to another thread! Or so I thought.😳
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You will never be sorry if you document, document, document. I kept every receipt and was happy I did, I needed them when accused of financial exploitation.

I used an expandable 12 section file. It was measured about 9"x 4". It worked perfectly well for me. I also kept a spreadsheet that I would total out each month to put in a different section of the file each month. Initially it was a PITA but became routine and got much easier.
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bsaggio, curious why Doris would have a high water bill if she has no washing machine, and it sounds like she is the only person in the house?

Makes me wonder if there is a crack in the main water line from the street to her house. She needs to have the area water department come out and run some tests. Or it could be a toilet that keeps running and running.

Or maybe Doris feels her water bill is high, but to the rest of us it could be very low. Depends on how Doris views things.
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Thanks for all the responses. Doris refuses to have a washer because she has high water bills now and she wants to get out. She has alot of pets so she washes alot of blankets that she covers her furniture with. Columbus has a transportation service called Project Mainstream which she uses for other trips but they don’t allow you to carry on more than 1 bag.
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Inn my area apartment complexes don't allow washers and dryers in the apartments. They have facilities in the buildings one has a building outside which is not good for the eldery in bad weather. Residents are not allowed to bring in washers and dryers. It's a water thing. They pay to use the laundry facilities that offset the use of water.

I agree to call Senior services and ask about bus transportation.
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You know, the fact that my mom could no longer get to the basement to do the laundry was kind of a wake up call for all of us that a big change needed to be made. Ultimately, we moved her to Independent Living, where her linens and towels were laundered for her and she had a small washer/dryer unit that she could do her personal laundry in.

The "big picture" is what wants looking at here.
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I have to ask why she does not have laundry facilities at home. And whether there aren't any pick-up and drop-off services in her area. Or someone who could be hired to take her stuff to the laundromat, and bring it back, which might be cheaper than a driving service that caters to handicapped elders.

I've lived in apartments for the last 3 years or so. (I can't afford a house close enough to my mother's house in Central Florida, and I sure don't plan to live with her!). Not having laundry hookups, I bought an apartment-style washer and dryer (Haier - I bought them both on Craigslist for a total of $175). They're widely available new from several different manufacturers. The washer hooks up to the kitchen (or bathroom) sink like a portable dishwasher. The dryer plugs into a regular home outlet and vents out a window (although there are ventless options too). I would not be without either of those machines.

They're not large enough to handle comforters or quilts, and a set of queen sheets take two loads, but they're still a godsend. I would recommend this set-up to anyone without laundry hook-ups, especially someone who does not drive and/or is handicapped. I'm going on at length because many people don't know these options exist or what these machines are when they see them. (The dryer looks like a big microwave - the movers were completely stumped and somewhat incredulous when I explained what it was.) Maybe something like this will help your friend.
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bsaggio, check with your County or City agency on aging. Many areas have a mini bus that will transport an elder to whomever they need to go. There may be a small charge for this service.

One would need to check to see if this is a door to door service and when she is through at the laundromat, does she call the bus service, or is there a set time she would need to be finished when the bus rolls around to pick her up.

I am curious of where does your friend live that doesn't have washer/dryer that can be used? For someone who is elderly that is exhausting work. I wounder if she could use a friend's washer/dryer, unless she enjoys going to the laundromat.
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