Whether you drive cross-country or just locally, truck driving can be a great job. The pay can be good (especially once you own your truck), and there’s something great about being on the road. It makes you feel free.
There are problems with trucking, of course. One of them is trying to take care of an ailing loved one. It could be your parents or a family friend, but you want to be there for them when they need support. How can you do that when you’re on the road? Read on to learn more about helping seniors from far away.
Problems Seniors Often Face
Elderly people are not much different from you where it counts, but they do face their own set of problems. As the National Care Planning Council explains, one of the biggest is how they have to make big decisions when in the golden years of their life. They don’t have decades to save up money or go back to school. Seniors often have to decide where to live, when to retire, and more.
One common problem that gets worse for seniors is finances. The Washington Post reports that many seniors have problems with:
- High levels of debt, especially with credit cards.
- Many have trouble with reverse mortgages they took out years earlier.
- Seniors are at a higher risk of identity theft and losing their savings.
- The death of a spouse can really wreck the survivor’s finances.
As these financial problems pile up, there is a unique solution you can definitely help with, even while on the road. It’s called downsizing.
Many seniors find themselves living in an old, big house. This can be costly, but it can also be dangerous. Having to maintain a big house — mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, going up and down stairs — can be challenging to seniors. By helping the senior find a new, smaller house to move into, you can both increase their safety and decrease their costs.
Redfin explains how to downsize effectively:
- Talk to the seniors about different housing options such as smaller houses, condos, apartments, and retirement communities.
- When you are in town, help the senior declutter by getting rid of things that they don’t need or use anymore. Hold a yard sale or donate items to family or charities.
- Discuss what the senior wants from a new community, including if there are any health concerns on the horizon.
There’s much more you can do than help the senior downsize thanks to modern technology. HomeCare has a list of devices that can help you support a senior even while away.
- Fitbits can monitor a senior’s health and post the data online where only you can see it.
- The GrandCare System allows you to log into a site to communicate with the senior as well as monitor their activity.
- GreatCall Responder is an affordable way for a senior to instantly contact emergency services if help is needed.
Other pieces of technology that can help include:
- Video games to help the senior keep their mind sharp (and avoid boredom).
- Skype so you can video chat with the senior even if you’re in another state.
- Modern hearing aids that can help the senior hear people so they can socialize and do normal things like go grocery shopping.
Even if you’re out on the road more often than home, there are many ways you can help a senior that needs some support. Talk to them about downsizing options and look into technology that you can access through a phone or laptop. This way, you’re never truly that far away.
About the Author:
Marie Villeza is passionate about connecting seniors with the resources they need to live happy, healthy lives. She developed ElderImpact.org to provide seniors and their caregivers with resources and advice. Her mission is to empower seniors against ageism by providing information they need to keep control of their own lives.