Could Your Loved One Benefit From Senior Concierge Services?

10/12/2015

Hey there! Wink Martini is back with more insights about senior care fueled by delicious martinis. In the past, I’ve talked a lot about various care options for my mom and pops who are not in their best health anymore and could use a helping hand on a daily basis. But you folks have recently asked me about caring for someone more or less independent. Obviously, they don’t need to be in a nursing home or have a daily caregiver, but it doesn’t mean they should be left to fend for themselves.

When my parents were in the same situation, I tried to care for them myself, calling them every day, visiting once a week, buying their groceries. But eventually I realized that I simply can’t be there for them every time they need me. That’s when I started looking and discovered senior concierge services. This is such a great concept, I’m sure you will find them useful as well!

Who is a Concierge?

Concierge (pardon my French), is simply a fancy word for “personal assistant.” Traditionally, “concierge” used to mean a caretaker of an apartment building. So if you are into old French movies (like I am after a few martinis), the person sitting at the bottom of the staircase in an apartment building who knows everything about everyone is a concierge. Later this word got adopted by hotels to describe someone who handles mail, luggage and reservations. And now, in a broader sense, it’s used to imply a “helper,” essentially.

What Are Concierge Services?

Because a personal assistant can assist with many different things, concierge services may differ depending on who provides them. But since our topic here is focused on senior care, let’s see what kind of concierge services you may expect from a Maryland senior home care provider:

  • A wake-up call. Literally! Someone will call your loved one to say “Good Morning” and ask them about their sleep, mood and general well-being.
  • Medication reminders. If your mom or pops start forgetting to take all those 20 colorful pills, someone can call them with a friendly reminder.
  • Daily schedule reminders. Are you parents busy bees despite their old age? A concierge can serve as their personal secretary and remind about everything that was planned for the day, whether it’s to visit a doctor or to change the clocks to the winter time.
  • Weather updates. It’s one thing to know the weather and a different thing to know what to do with that knowledge. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone called your mom and dad with a simple update to turn on the heat, keep an eye on the sump pump or wear a rain coat?

These are just some basic examples of what a concierge can do, but it can be much more than a phone call. If you want to take full advantage of concierge services, consider getting your concierge to also help your loved one with the following:

  • Transportation – taking your loved one wherever they need to go. I wouldn’t mind if someone drove me around, so I can sit in the back seat and enjoy a martini—a dream come true!
  • Bill pay – helping your loved one stay on top of their utility and other bills without missing a payment. Some bills are automatically taken out of the bank account these days, but others may still require manual pay online or by mailing a check, which can be cumbersome for an older person.
  • Maintenance management – taking care of all home upkeep issues. Many scam artists and dishonest contractors prey on clueless old people trying to rip them off when doing home repairs. It’s often best to have an experienced concierge hire, negotiate and supervise contractors.
  • Grocery shopping – filling up the fridge with healthy foods. Food shopping is painful and exhausting at any age, so why not have someone else do the busy work?
  • Home organization – helping keep things neat and organized. For someone with painful joints or a bad back, folding laundry or reaching the upper shelf can be torturous. check free domains Thankfully, a concierge can lend a hand with these and many other household duties.

Do you think hiring a concierge could help improve your loved one’s quality of life? I know for sure it helped me “be there” for my parents without physically being there every day. If you are interested in learning more about senior concierge services in Maryland, contact 2nd Family today.

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