When it’s the right time to help others
As we age, we may need help from others for such things as carrying bags of groceries to our home.
We can still shop and put away our items but at times it can be difficult to transport them. Should this stop us from being able to remain living in our home? No.
The most important first step for any situation is to remember that at times we all need help, but many of us are terrible at asking for help, aren’t we? We hate to admit we need help and yet we are the first to offer assistance to others when we can.
Some businesses are good at identifying the needs of their customers just by listening to concerns and trying to meet those needs; and services like drivethrough banking and pharmacy services are certainly helpful. I remember what a blessing it was when I had a sleeping baby in a car seat and I could get my banking done and grab some lunch without having to get out of the car.
Not all conveniences are that simple though; and this is where unsung heroes come to life. People like taxi, or volunteer drivers who not only take us to and from our destinations, but also take the time to walk us safely to our door. I have heard people praise their drivers as being very caring and taking their parcels to the home – how very thoughtful and what excellent customer service. This type of service from friends and family is what helps us stay active and well in the rural areas too, since we do not always have affordable services available.
Have you noticed other thoughtful services like recognizing that not everyone should be made to wait in line? I have noticed great customer service initiatives like a customer service desk that opens up for customers for whom just waiting in line is a physical challenge. Kudos to businesses that take that extra step to help people remain independent – providing seats, visual aids and other necessary items. If you would like to share a positive experience please send me an email message.
We all need to remember it is not a weakness to ask for help and that your need for help is giving someone the opportunity to be honoured that you asked for it.
If you would like a copy of the Port Elgin and area Helping Tree which compiles a list of services that could be helpful for reference when asking for help, call me at 506-538-1301 or send me an email and I’ll make sure you get one. As we continue to hear
“Not all conveniences are that simple though; and this is where unsung heroes come to life. People like taxi, or volunteer drivers who not only take us to and from our destinations, but also take the time to walk us safely to our door. I have heard people praise their drivers as being very caring and taking their parcels to the home – how very thoughtful and what excellent customer service.”
about businesses that are agefriendly without being ageist we can help educate each other on their services.
We all tend to make assumptions about ourselves and others with regards to aging. But we need to be more aware of this and take it into consideration before we make assumptions – that may or may not be accurate – or offer assistance. This is truly why it is so important for people to state their needs and wishes. We should not be assuming someone needs something just because of their age, yet we want to be able to assist people, to help them live at their best. This is so important – so people can live at their best. We need to respect people’s choices and provide assistance when it’s truly needed and wanted.