Hello world!

Welcome! My name is Kate. I have traveled with my grandparents my whole life. My grandmother is now 93 and has strength and mobility issues. We just returned from a trip to Palm Springs California that was very challenging for a variety of reasons. We had a great time, largely because of Grandma’s terrific attitude and fortitude, but it could have been better.

Reflecting on our trip, and many others I have taken with my grandparents as they aged and their abilities drifted downhill, I thought it would be nice to see if I could create a place for people who travel with the elderly (or others who are mobility impaired) to share stories, lessons learned and tips. Our trip to PS could have gone more smoothly if I knew then (all of two weeks ago) what I know now.

This is my Purpose in starting this blog.

Author: Kate

Formerly a stress engineer, I now do this and that. Which involves some website design and maintenance, some photography, some writing, eldercare for relatives, walking my furry friends, a bit of gardening and as little housekeeping as I can manage.

5 thoughts on “Hello world!”

  1. I look forward to reading about your adventures with your grandma and how you two overcome the obstacles along the way.

    My husband David suffered three strokes at the end of May that have affected his mobility. He had trouble before thanks to diabetes, but now he is even more unsteady and at higher risk of falling. One challenge for us is that, although stores like Walmart have the handicap carts, you have to go into the store to get the cart and rarely are there plenty for all the folks that need them. There needs to be a covered shelter at the end of each parking row that houses the handicap carts and has outlets for keeping them charged up. As it is, some poor folks have to wait until someone comes along that they can ask to bring a cart out to them.

    Have a blessed day.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience. I know that my grandma got to a point where she couldn’t manage to get her walker in and out of the car. She would cruise the handicap parking looking for one with a cart near so she could use that instead of a walker.
      She sent her local Wal-Mart the suggestion that they should station some carts by the handicap parking.

      1. You’re welcome. I’m sorry that your grandma is having so much trouble getting around. Making sure you’re recording all of her stories! You probably already know to do that, but I never miss an opportunity to remind folks. 🙂 I wish that I had done it with my own grandparents.

        Has your grandma received a response from her Walmart? We’re doing good to get ours to keep carts at all. Their workers use them for bumper car games during their breaks at night and have messed up several of them. I hope your grandma’s store will take her suggestion and put it to work.

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