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Preventing the Accident Waiting to Happen

Seniors can utilize services to help around the house and yard.

Are your parents climbing ladders and step stools because they feel they can do things themselves? Climbing the ladder to clean out the gutters or touching up the paint is something they always did and still feel capable doing. Years ago that wasn’t a problem; they were a lot younger, and much more agile and steady. But things are changing. How can you stop them from doing this before they have an accident that could put them out of commission permanently?

I heard of a business the other day that is offering a pre-paid monthly service that could give you and your parents peace of mind. All the little (and not so little) do-it-yourself projects would be done without anyone in the family climbing a ladder. 

All you need to do is keep a perpetual “honey do” list, and once a month, as regular as clock work, this company would come in and do what is on the list. If the job was too big or more involved, then they may need to schedule more time. But for the most part, routine maintenance and repair projects that dad or mom want or need done will be completed.  

Whether it is fixing the dripping kitchen faucet, changing a filter or light bulb, putting in the screens, or anything else that needs to be done, what peace of mind would you have knowing that dad and mom are not climbing ladders or step stools, crawling under sinks, or make numerous trips down the basement stairs which are all possibilities for accidents?

If you and your siblings are looking for a gift for Father’s Day, get together and give your DIY dad a one year gift certificate for this type of service to prevent an “accident waiting to happen” from happening!

Claire LeSage is the owner of WITTZ END, a relocation concierge service based in Norton, working with families who are frazzled with downsizing and moving and want help with the various things that need to be done, so they can make a smooth transition in life.

Wendy Juergens June 01, 2011 at 01:46 PM
It was only a year ago when my mother couldn't wait for our next visit to have us put a shade up that had fallen. She was quite proud to tell us that she used a stool to get to the chair to then climb into the sink, and then was barely able to reach high enough to insert the shade into it's brackets. We've come a long way since then; convincing her to use others has been a journey.

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