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Dad’s Essentially Hitchhiking to Get Around: What Can You Do About It?

Senior Home Safety in Lecanto FL

Senior Home Safety in Lecanto FL

Senior Home Safety in Lecanto FL

You weren’t quite sure how your father was doing it, but it seemed as though he never needed you to bring him to the store, to pick anything up, or anything else. You knew about the various services some supermarkets offer where a person can order food online and have it delivered, but your father isn’t computer savvy, can’t stand computers or tablets, and there’s no way he would go for something like that.

So how is he doing it?

He’s still able to walk around, gets out on his own, and has a desire to be as independent as possible, but you’ve been taking care of him for some time. There have been a few things he couldn’t do on his own. You help him prepare meals, assist him in doing the laundry, not because he doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing, but it’s difficult for him to get up and down the stairs on his own.

You also would drive him to a doctor’s appointment every once in a while. Yet, no matter what you try to figure out, you simply can’t understand how he never seems to need any food or other items from the store.

Then you discovered he has been getting rides from strangers.

Your father has started out walking alongside the road and when a person stops and asks if he needs anything, noticing his age and the cane he’s dragging along, he simply asks for a ride into town.

Then, after he’s done shopping, he stands around until somebody asks if he needs anything and once again gets a ride from a complete stranger. To you, he is essentially hitchhiking and you’re concerned.

You know he’s not the same as he was in his younger years. He’s not as strong, healthy, or able to fight back if somebody decided to attack him. What can you do about this?

There’s not much you can do.

If you truly feel his safety is in jeopardy because of this, you can discourage him and explain reality. If he doesn’t see the problem, you might want to shift the conversation to discussing home care options.

He may not think home care is needed, but the right home care aide, especially somebody hired through an agency, may be able to offer him transportation as well. This caregiver could drive him to the store, to visit with friends, and he wouldn’t worry about whether or not he’ll actually get a ride, get hit by a car, or be robbed.

The world is a much more dangerous place than it had been in your father’s youth; it’s a good conversation to have, but ultimately it’s still his decision.

The staff at Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care provides quality and affordable home care to improve senior home safety in Lecanto, FL, and the surrounding areas. Call (352) 289-0450 for more information.

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TJ Hedick

TJ Hedick is the owner and director of "Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care" located on Florida's Nature coast. With a family lineage that stretches out over four generations here in Hernando County, TJ is extremely passionate about his local community with an emphasis on the senior population."I don't know, maybe it was the way I was raised, but I have so much admiration and respect for seniors in our community." Hedick said. Only leaving the area briefly to study business management and marketing Hedick later returned home to the business community. He added, "I always knew I would find a way to enrich peoples lives and that this would be my calling. I started to focus in on the senior community and decided that the people I would serve through my business endeavors would be the same senior community that taught me so much and instilled such great values in me throughout my youth." Hedick opened Acti-Kare as a way to give seniors the help and care they needed to remain independent and safe in their own homes as long as possible. Another cause close to his heart is the pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer's and dementia, and until there is a cure the proper care for those who suffer from this disease. "Dementia has affected my family and a very personal way." He continued. Through his company, Acti-Kare, and his personal efforts, Hedick looks forward to be major contributor for senior causes for years to come.

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