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I would love someone to drive us to doctor or fun things. But the places I've called so far want four hour minimum or charge a lot more than $23 an hour if you only want a couple of hours. I buy pre cooked poultry several times a week or call for fast food several times a week for dinner. But husband needs low salt meals. He had stroke. But can walk, talk, and use right hand. Dress himself and feed himself. We don't belong to synagogue or anything. Neighbors very busy lives. So I guess I have to pay agency. But to do what?

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Punnster, see if your area has Peapod, which is usually in partnership with a local grocery store. Or some other on-line grocery service.

What you do is order your groceries on-line, and you can either pick up the groceries on the day you want curb side, no getting out of the car... or Peapod can home deliver [there are fees for curb side and home delivery]. Believe me, it has been a godsend, been using the service for almost two years now :)
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Have a little hatchback. Load groceries from it to box on dolly and roll that in. Have neighbor i used to help that has helped some, but works and I hate to impose. Don't like to impose on children either. They have their families too. Had a home help for a little. Very expensive. Nice, but did not do much. Mostly watched TV because I'm not comfortable telling them do things. That senior center thing sounds like a good idea. Think I'll check on that.
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Punnster, contact your local senior center and ask if there are either volunteers or handymen who can perform the minor tasks around the house at a discounted fee for seniors. That could work for changing lights and batteries.

Walkers can be awkward to get in a car, especially a sedan. Is that what you have, or do you have a station wagon or SUV? I've found the easiest way to get a walker in is to lift it up and place it horizontally on the back seat, on a blanket or something to protect the seat.

I'm not sure if that would work though given the limitations with your right hand.

If you have a wagon or SUV, you might explore getting a foldable ramp that can be stored in the cargo area of the vehicle, taken out, and used to push things up into the cargo bed. It might require some balance and some effort though. A "come along" or lightweight winch might help, but you'd probably have to get some help installing it in the cargo area of your car.

How many steps do you have to get up to get in the house? Is it possible to get a hand carry cart, like the kind used in big box stores or in moving, to stack the groceries?

Are there any neighbors who can come over to help with the unloading of the groceries?

Another option is to use a paratransit service to go grocery shopping; the driver could help get them out and into the house for you. Check with your local transit agency to find out if they have paratransit services in your area.
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I'm, 83, a retired veteran with several disabilities. I have to use a walker, but get around fairly well. I can take care of myself with basic needs, bathing, meals and some house keeping. I can handle my medications and changing bandage on knee that seeps and likely never heal. I can still drive car safely. Big problem there is putting walker in and out of car. Getting groceries in house quite a process. Right hand is seriously limited and virtually blind in right eye. I have persistent pain in several areas. Even though I can do these things it is difficult and for me time consuming. Since I broke a hip, I accept the fact that it is unwise to use anything to climb on to change light bulbs and batteries in smoke detectors for example. Still, I get a bit overly ambitious in some projects. What are my options? I want to stay in my home even if children think I should be in some assisted living.
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Uber and Lyft could work. My mom somehow found a private van service that was family run $20.00 a round trip, no minimums. I guess check your local classified ads and word of mouth. Are you anywhere near a bus route? Could you get monthly bus passes, presuming the answer to question #1 is yes, and you can manage the steps? How about paratransit?
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How does uber work? And can I avoid getting a specific person? My sister in law is ubering. We stopped talking to her before she started doing it.
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Most Medicare supplemental insurances pay for transportation to and from dr appointments for around 25 to 30 appointments a year but they need 24 hour notice.

As for groceries, you can order them online at most places and have someone pick them up or you can use a website like jet and have them delivered to you. Precooked poultry is really high in salt as is fast food. You are not going to eliminate all salt so I used a substitution method. When I made food with soy sauce, I replaced it with balsalmic vinegar...salty taste, no sodium. Use alot of spices and garlic. If you have a middle eastern store, they have low sodium bread that doesnt taste like cardboard.
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Most cab companies will let you book a pickup time in advance, difficult when you are at an appointment I suppose but better to know they will be there at say, 3:00, than to stress for 45 minutes trying to find someone available. And still cheaper than the alternatives I think.
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Do yo have uber where you live?

It is much cheaper than a taxi and quite simple to use once you've set it up - you do need an iPhone or similar - I would send my mom and her caregiver out to lunch with uber and the drivers were always very kind helping mom and with her walker
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We took a taxi two times. They get expensive. But so does an agency. The second taxi trip was a problem coming home. The driver couldn't come back for us. Had to call for taxi after appointment. First I had a lot of trouble hearing the dispacher. Even when she raised her voice. And it took me going three places to find a quiet enough place and good enough reception to hear better. But.the cabs were al taken and we had to wait to find one. Which I didn't hear her say till the second time I called. Husband was restless. Couldn't sit still or walk for long eighter. He was agitaged and I was already stressed. His distress uped my stressed feelings. Finally he said call another cab company. I did and a cab came in another 20 minutes.
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If all you need is a driver then why not hire a taxi? Your local chapter of the American Heart and Stroke Association may have some resources that can help as well.
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Hadnuff, I know you have had your hands full lately from your previous postings.

One suggestion is to call an Agency to have the same person come to your house once a week for whatever is the minimum number of hours such as 3 hours to drive you and hubby where ever you need to go, and to help you get groceries. I know it would be expensive but it is something you need to budget.

Call your local Agency on Aging, see if your area has Meals On Wheels, maybe MOW has low salt meals for your husband. Also maybe the county has a bus that is geared for seniors where you make reservations for the bus to pick you up and leave at the grocery store or where ever, and come back to pick you up at a certain reserved time.

I know driving isn't comfortable for you, believe me I know... been there, done that, still wearing the t-shirt after 7 very long years.
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