This Week’s Caregiving Tip that saves time and labor as well as improves safety
One of the hazards of aging is falling. Of course, that can occur at any age to anyone However, balance issues, aging bones and eyesight changes are often part of the process of getting older. I have seen so many accidents due to these factors both in my family and in friends’ as well.
Many of these falls happen when the person involved is carrying something. Their hands full, possibly their vision impaired with what they are carrying, a sudden weight shift, a step not as secure as needed and down he or she goes.
A friend took a tumble in just such a fashion. The result– a hospital stay, pins in broken bones, PT and still she is left with impaired mobility. This is one example of many.
It is situations like this that prompted me to write Caregiving: Real Life Answers https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1150876 . There are all sorts of solutions to many of the problems we face when we age. The answers often come in unusual ways.
A fluke many years ago, in my own life, provided a solution to this kind of the problem.
I had been shopping for my family and my parents who were living with me. The van was filled with bags and boxes. I stared at the horde of stuff on every available surface and decided it would take more trips than I wanted to count to get everything out of the vehicle and divided between the two families. I wanted to leave the whole mess there until someone, anyone else, unloaded the stuff.
When I was gathering the bags, I bumped into my husband’s work cart. For once, not loaded with tools and supplies for one of his projects. The thing had two shelves and wheels.
Inspiration! Bags, boxes and purse were loaded. I even got the bright idea to make a shelf for each family. Yeah me! It only took two trips to empty the car. From that moment, my household has never been without at least one cart. The tasks are easier and, most importantly, the cart leaves my hands free and my line of sight unimpaired by carrying too much stuff to save a few trips.
My current home has two carts, one for inside tasks and one for ferrying stuff from my car to the house. The gold one handles loads of laundry folded or not, food to the table when I entertain or in a few days, unwrapped gifts to their new homes in different rooms of the house. The red one is heavier duty and carries more weight when necessary.
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