Things to Automate When a Forgetful Parent Wants to Continue Living at Home
By Lisa Trottier, Caring.com senior contributing editor
Set up automatic payments for regular bills from your parents’ checking account or your own.
Register on your bank’s website as an online user, then specify which bills you want to automate. If you’re worried about overdrafting, you can choose to be e-mailed for approval before each payment is sent out.
Deposit government payments directly into your parents’ checking account.
Use Godirect.org to have your parents’ Social Security and other government payments deposited directly into their checking account. This helps protect against overdrafting and cuts down on organizing trips to the bank. (A help line is available at 800-333-1795.)
Renew bus passes and pay for transportation services online.
You can usually do this online by going to the website for each local transportation service.
Sign up at your parents’ pharmacy for online prescription refills.
Walgreens.com and Walmart.com are two that offer this service. Some pharmacies will e-mail you a reminder when a prescription is ready and follow up when your parent is due for a refill.
Simplify your parents’ yard care.
Install low-maintenance landscaping and an irrigation system with timers in your parent’s yard. Arrange for regular yard care service if necessary, and ask to be billed directly.
Home care counselors at Partners in Healthcare are available to talk with you about yourin-home care needs including how to reduceÂ caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care. We are anÂ elder care agency providingÂ Home Care in Orlando.