Did you ever consider the value of trading favors. Some people might call it bartering. I prefer to think of it as friends pooling their skills.
I was never mechanically oriented when my husband was alive, I surely haven’t added that skill set to my resume since he has been gone. But I am gifted in other skills, such as working out the soreness in a muscle.
Needless to say, I was thrilled when 2 of my neighbors spent several hours tearing my lawn mower apart to get it running. I was able to add value for one of them by getting his shoulder ready to play golf. It was a Win-win for all of us.
To me trading favors is more than saving money. It is neighbors connecting. In my 3 year adventure with widowhood, I have developed a network of friends who are willing to pick me up when I fall down... they are my safety net. And I know I have talents and skills to help them out. We all win.
I frequently speak to various caregiver groups, and would love to see as many people as possible. Come share your stories with me and the rest of the group.
Helping us has been a comfort and a blessing for us!...