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.
I can’t tell you how wonderful your book is!!!!... -- Diana Waugh (geriatric nurse consultant)