Having peace of mind for the care and safety of our Super Seniors on the go is a relief. In my journey to safety proof my parents, I have come across many options. I’d like to share a couple of my favorites; a transportation service and security bracelets that our mama will wear because it has bling.
Transportation for Los Abuelitos
My mom lives about a 45 minute drive from my house. Don’t get me wrong here, I love to drive 45 minutes, pick her up, drive 45 minutes home, have her visit, drive her back 45 minutes, and return home in 45 minutes. That’s over 3.5 hours of commute time I’d rather spend with her reminiscing on when I was a little girl. A few times I have used my Uber account to get her home, she always asks why “her” uber driver is always a different driver. I was even very excited when I got the Spanish speaker feature on Uber, then I knew mom’s drive home for 45 minutes would be about her visit with me and the latest updates on her novelas.
GO GO Grandparent
I found a tool that will help me get mom to and from home with relief of safe and secure transportation. Go Go Grandparent, takes under 5 steps, you can have transportation pick-up mom at the front door, and you or a family member will get prompted about the pick-up.
It’s very easy and no need for an app or smart phone. The service manages drivers, monitors rides and notifies loved ones.
How does it work?
- You can set up automatic rides for medical appointments, operators are open 7/24.
- Call 1 (855) 464-6872 and wait to hear “thanks for calling GoGoGrandparent”
- Step 1: Dial 1 (855) 464-6872 and wait to hear “thanks for calling GoGoGrandparent”
- Step 2: press 1 for a car to your home
- Press 2 for a car to where we dropped you off last
- Press 3, 4 or 5 for a car to a custom pick up location
- Press 0 to speak with an operator
Have questions? Here are a few FAQ that may be able to answer some questions: https://gogograndparent.com/faq/
Mom’s not wearing an ID bracelet unless it has bling
Putting a chip in our parents to track where they are is way over the top. If they don’t carry a phone with a GPS, we are at the mercy of praying for their safe whereabouts. I came across an incident called Sundowning that I will write about in a future post. But, having identification on mom and dad is important. Mom will never admit she is forgetful, or cannot remember her home address or phone number. For my piece of mind, I went on the search for the perfect ID bracelet. In order for mom to wear it I knew that it could not look like a dog tag and it could not look too clunky. That’s when I discovered Laurens Hope medical ID jewelry. Who is Lauren? Well according to their company story, the original interchangeable medical ID bracelet was made for Lauren, a 13 year old with diabetes who refused to wear medical ID jewelry because, as she said, ‘It’s ugly and draws attention to my illness.’ So they set out to design a medical alert bracelet that Lauren, and the millions of people like her who avoided medical IDs when they really needed them, would actually enjoy wearing.
If you visit their website, you’ll see that there are many options to choose from. I have ordered a couple for mom in gold plated and silver. She loves to show off her bracelets at the senior center and with family members, when in actuality, the bracelets are a form of safety to ensure that if mom gets lost or needs medical attention, the bracelets are well engraved with important information such as contact numbers, address, medications. I hope you can find a nice piece of jewelry for mom or dad that can keep you all at ease.