Top Tips for Staying Safe While Holiday Shopping

By Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

December 9, 2016

Senior Care in Monroeville PA

Shopping is something that most people do a considerable amount of during the holiday season. While this can be a fun time for you to enjoy with your elderly parent, it is important to keep in Senior-Care-in-Monroeville-PAmind the potential challenges and dangers that they might face while seeking out that perfect gift. This can help them to enjoy their holiday celebration more while also staying safer and more secure.
Use these tips to help keep your aging parent safe while holiday shopping:

  • Avoid carrying cash. Discourage your aging parent from carrying large amounts of cash with them when holiday shopping. Instead, pay for purchases with debit or credit cards as much as possible. Be sure to review these accounts regularly to detect any anomalies so that you can report them promptly.
  • Park securely. Choose a parking space that is well-lit and as accessible to the front entry of the store as possible. Check all windows, doors, and the trunk to ensure that they are closed and locked.
  • Get in the car effectively. If your vehicle is equipped with automatic locks, have the remote in your hand before leaving the store. Unlock the vehicle when you are a few parking spots away rather than waiting until you get to it. Consider having your parent wait inside the store and drive up to pick them up rather than having them come out to the lot with you.
  • Keep gifts out of sight. Store purchases in the trunk as much as possible rather than leaving them visible and vulnerable. If you are shopping at a mall or other multi-store location, return to the car frequently to store packages rather than carrying them around with you.

Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the most nurturing, compassionate, and meaningful decisions that you can make for them during your caregiver journey with them. This can be especially true during the holiday season when they may experience additional challenges and your schedule fills up with additional obligations and needs. This senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a schedule that works for their individual needs and challenges, as well as the care efforts that you are able to give to them. This means that you can remain at the forefront of their care while also knowing that even when you are not able to be with them, you can still feel confident they are getting everything that they need to stay safe, healthy, and comfortable. This can include providing transportation for shopping and running errands, support and care during events and celebrations, companionship to help ward off loneliness and isolation, and even activities to keep your parent active, engaged, and enjoying the season in the way that is right for them. When it comes to helping them with their shopping, this senior care provider can help your parent to make good decisions to keep them safer and avoid potentially serious consequences during this time of year.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Monroeville, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care.  Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551