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Traffic

No matter the time of day, traffic is definitely getting heavier in central Florida. This is true of the local side streets, as well as the multi-lane toll roads. And, don’t even get me started on I-4!

As difficult as it may be to navigate traffic, imagine what it’s like for a senior with mobility and vision problems, along with slower reflexes. I hear people complain about senior drivers, but I wonder how many of those complainers are willing to be part of the solution to safer travel on our roadways?

Many senior citizens refuse to give up their keys due to lack of regular, dependable help with transportation. Doctors don’t do house calls. Grocery needs continue for all our lives. Is there a senior in your life who needs help with transportation and who shouldn’t be driving? Lend a hand if you can! One day, you may be in the position of having to give up the keys yourself.

When offering to drive an elderly friend or family member, try to accommodate his or her preferences. I deal with many seniors who DO have family that will help with transportation needs, but they don’t make themselves available when wanted. I see many seniors who continue to drive because although family helps out sometimes, they only do so on their own terms.

Helping others can mean a sacrifice of our own personal free time. I understand that it’s not easy. I greatly value my free time and love to relax without demands on my time just as much as anyone else. But, I can’t help thinking of the fact that one day I might need help getting around and I’m reminded of the command, “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them” (Luke 6:31 ESV)

It’s hard getting older and navigating traffic can be hard at any age. This Christmas season, lend a (driving!) hand to an elderly family member, church member, or neighbor, and, as the Lord allows, offer regular help to that dear one.

Blessing and Merry Christmas,

Patricia

 

 

Support Local Business

Need home cleaning? On a budget? Call me today at 407-615-2208 and let me know what you want cleaned and we can form a cleaning schedule just for you.

When you use my services, you are supporting a local Orlando resident who lives and shops here! I am not part of any franchise chain so I can offer more flexibility than other home care/home cleaning services.  Shop small/shop local this holiday season! Thanks for visiting!

Take care,

Patricia 🙂

Take No Day for Granted

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I agree with Bonnie’s post here. Reminds me of James 4:14.

Memory Bears by Bonnie

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Husbands go off to work…children go off to school…wives go about their daily routine…everyone, everyday, is moving in a defined path.

Life is fragile and can be taken at any time, with or without notice. “See you tonight,” may never happen…plans for tomorrow may never come to pass.

On any given day…make it shine. Take no day for granted.

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Transportation Needs

I’ve been reading about a transportation service available in Orlando, serving seniors over 65 or any adult with visual impairment. The rates are affordable and rides are available 24 hours a day!

Click the link here for more info about the service, called ITN —–> http://itnorlando.org/what-we-do

Basically, you sign up for the service, pay a yearly membership fee, and fund your account for the number of rides you think you will want. Average rates are $9 per ride, according to the organization’s website. The service offers help out of your home, and into a private car, and then into the place where you want to go (unlike taxi service which may not offer extra help with walkers, wheelchairs, or getting into and out of shops, doctor’s offices, etc.).

Please call me if you need help applying for the service. I can help you out over the phone or via email for free. Use the Contact page on this website to phone or to send me a message.

Take care,

Patricia

Afterlife

In the book “God Has A Wonderful Plan for Your Life” by Ray Comfort, there is a quote from J.C. Ryle which reads “..The watchman who keeps silent when he sees a fire is guilty of gross neglect. The doctor who tells us we are getting well when we are dying is a false friend…”

This blog is about a service of care giving. It is meant to be both loving and honest, so I feel I must write the following:

Hebrews 9:27 “…it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…” (ESV) A “good”, human judge could never overlook lawlessness. We would call such a judge corrupt. The goodness of God that people are relying on for their salvation to heaven may be the very thing that will condemn them to an everlasting hell.

The first two commandments of the Lord’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20: 3-4) tell us to have no other gods before the One, True and Living God, and that we should not make for ourselves a false god–that is idolatry. You can become an idolator by inventing a god in your own mind to suit our fallen nature by saying “My god would never send someone to hell”. You would be right–such a god won’t send anyone to hell because he doesn’t exist!

Meditate upon this passage: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%207:21-23&version=ESV

The Bible says this life is but a vapor that disappears quickly. His word also teaches that we have nothing more valuable than our soul. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Please, do not delay.

With love,

Patricia

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Sometimes, Smaller is Better

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Example of a symbol found on food-safe containers.

One of my clients has taught me a good lesson on providing the right products to seniors. The idea is to “think small”.

If you are a caregiver, chances are you may be shopping for an older loved one. Be sure to focus on the weight and size of the products you buy for them. For example, a gallon of milk and the largest sized dish detergent may be hard for your loved one to handle. Buy the smallest size available.

If you find that smaller sizes are more expensive, you can either combine coupons with sales, or, as my client suggested, simply buy a few smaller sizes to keep on hand, then dispense the larger size products into them.

For example, I have purchased a few of the smaller, pint-sized milks for my Dad. After the milk is consumed, I carefully wash and dry the bottles and dispense milk from the gallon jug into them. This smaller size is much easier for him to handle and enables him to make a bowl of cereal or have a drink of milk when I’m away, without worrying about overexerting himself.

No need to abandon your favorite warehouse shopping store, just keep a few smaller containers on hand. The containers don’t necessarily have to be for the product you want to use, but make sure that the container is suitable for food/beverage before using. (Some containers can easily hold food and drink but are not safe for storing edible products.  Food/beverage-safe products usually have a small fork and glass symbol on them, as shown above).

“Agnes” on Aging

There is a body suit, nicknamed “Agnes”, designed to replicate the struggles of the aging body. Clicking on the link below should open a video showing a BBC reporter using the suit:

http://www.bbc.com/specialfeatures/horizonsbusiness/episode/ageing-populations/?autoplay=true&vid=p018622y&tab=1

Please watch, and if you see someone older having trouble while out shopping, offer help if you can. At the very least, be understanding and patient! If any of us live long enough, we will be in that position one day.

Take care,

Patricia

Respecting Another’s Grief

Found this poignant, touching blog and thought I’d share it with my readers.

Memory Bears by Bonnie

When we lose a loved one’s presence in this life, the grieving process begins. Each one’s experience is unique and personal. Each one’s grief is theirs alone.

We can understand to a point, what losing someone is like because we have been there. We can relate to the feelings that grief brings. We can express our sorrow for their loss. We can be there for them. We can pray.

What we can’t do is experience the depth of someone’s grief because that is based on a personal relationship and love. Each one’s grief is unique as each one’s grief is personal. Each one’s grief is theirs alone. We do best to respect another’s grief as we would have them respect ours.

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