Errands and help to doctor’s appointments and other outings are one of the many parts of the job description of a caregiver for the elderly. There are many techniques and guidelines that we use throughout these excursions to ensure that safety is the number one priority during the outing.
1. Ensure that the vehicle is safe to drive and Insured
This is a requirement for any outing that will include the senior traveling in the car of the care giver. The car will have up to date insurance and be safe to drive throughout the entire process. Hearts at Home caregivers are given a very thorough motor vehicle background check.
2. Have Equipment Required for Mobility
Does the client require a walker or another device to assist with their mobility? If this is the case these items would be brought along for the outing to ensure that safety guidelines are adhered to.
3. Have an Itinerary for the trip
Does the client need to run any specific errands? Our caregiver will determine which areas of the community the client needs to attend (be it in Houston, Pearland, Spring, Friendswood, Katy, Cypress) – whether they need to pay bills, pick up some groceries from the supermarket or they simply require a quick visit to the pharmacy. A complete itinerary that can save time when going out into the community, making the most of the trip will then leave time for leisure activities that the senior enjoys, such as a trip to the local café.
4. Determine any precautions that should be taken before leaving the Home
Does the senior require oxygen or any special medication which must be taken into account when leaving the home? If so, even if leaving the home for only a short while, our care givers will help remind the client that these are necessary and should not be left within the home in case the medication, or oxygen is required.
5. Avoid High Risk Situations that could potentially Danger the Client
Depending on the state of health of the client, it may be medically necessary to avoid situations such as extreme hot or cold weather. Avoiding these situations is essential and would be considered before running errands or completing an outing.
Hearts at Home caregivers ensure that all of these factors are adhered to and will enable a safer relationship between the client and the care givers. Hearts at Home is an organization that allows safe practices for outings for all clients involved in programs at home.