Transportation is caregiver’s “biggest obstacle”

Kevin Magna

June 7, 2011

Alzheimer's disease. Helping a parent bathe. Accommodating a senior at home or helping him or her move. None of these problems can even start without ready access to public transportation, and many caregivers across the country face this issue every day.

Whether they don't have a car of their own or can't afford the price of gas to reach a loved one's home, Americans everywhere are struggling to find other ways to visit elderly parents while ensuring that they're safe.

After Tara Ryan-Legowski's 77-year-old father suffered a debilitating stroke that crippled him both psychologically and physically, the single working mother of two found it nearly impossible to visit him, according to The Gulfport Patch.

In these instances, many families decide to turn to medical alert systems. These devices can enable users to immediately send a personal emergency response message to a call center if they require assistance.

Now, she can better balance work with her caregiving responsibilities, and her family has learned how to adapt to the new situation.

"My kids miss their old Poppy. We are all adjusting to his new personality and life compared to how it was before his stroke," she told the publication. "It's been tough on all of us, and he requires a lot of attention, which takes away some of our family time." 

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