Travel to Medical Appointments
We give rides to medical appointments and necessary errands.
We need 2 weeks to schedule appointments to Seattle, 1 week for local appointments except in emergency, in which case we’ll do our best. Each person must be able to get in and out of vehicles with minimal assistance, or be accompanied by a caregiver who can assist.
We assist with light housekeeping: vacuuming, laundry or meal preparation on a short term basis (e.g. a person recuperating from surgery) or on an occasional basis (one or two times a month). We are available to fix a leaky faucet or loose step, or to assist with other straight-forward repairs. The care receiver must provide materials for any minor repairs. We cannot do major repairs, but will help arrange for someone who can.
- Mow the yard, whack the weeds (may require using your own equipment)
- Keep the garden growing: pull weeds, water, etc.
- Fix things, i.e. drawers, doors, assess for trip hazards (minor home repairs only)
- Install grab bars
- Flip the mattress
- Change light bulb
- Walk the dog a few times weekly
- Care for pets while owners in hospital or recuperating from surgery
- Clean litterboxes
- Go grocery shopping, run other local errands
- Take out garbage
- Do laundry, fold and put away
- Make the bed with fresh bedding
- Do light housekeeping, i.e. sweep, vacuum, dishes
- Fix lunch
Shopping and Errands
We provide this service for folks who cannot find this support from other resources.
Pick-up & deliver food from the Food Bank.
We provide these for persons who are home-bound; and occasionally we will take a person on an outing.
- Check daily on one who lives alone and might be at risk
- Weekly home visits; chat, play games
- Teach skills, i.e. computer, Facebook
- Read to someone who has a hard time reading
- Watch a movie together
- Go out to lunch
- Take to free legal or tax clinic
- Go for a walk or drive
Loans of Medical Equipment
We lend wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, bath seats, commodes, hospital beds and other medical equipment free of charge to anyone who needs them.
- Be a patient advocate: Take notes during doctor visits, keep someone company in ER
- Pick up & deliver home healthcare equipment from ECHHO