What do you do if you're a member of the Sandwich Generation and you've moved to a new area to help an aging parent? Or what if your elderly parent, who doesn't live near you, needs to find a repair person, doctor, or other service provider?
I've wrestled with both of these problems and have three recommendations to help you:
- Ask people. If I'm the one who moved into a new area, I ask everyone I can, even total strangers. In this last move, we found a new hair stylist from a lady at church, a doctor from my landlord, and a dentist from my doctor. If it's my elderly parent's area I'm researching, I make sure I always have a list of their friends, neighbors, and pastor, giving me a pool of people to call for recommendations.
- The Better Business Bureau is one of my favorite resource sites for researching businesses. They don't always have a business listed but I consider that a good sign. Not great, but not bad either, since apparently no one has made any major complaints.
- After hearing great feedback and, of course, checking the Better Business Bureau, I have added as a great resource to my "Sandwich Generation Toolbox." Since I live in a small city, about 45 miles from the main area they cover, I haven't had as much success as I would living in a larger metropolitan area. Even so, it's proven itself useful several times and I will definitely be renewing my membership. This great service helped me research heater and air conditioner repair companies, a good locksmith, doctors, and more. I've gleaned information from them and added information to them and I definitely recommend
Well, there you have it. My three favorite ways to help my Sandwich Generation family by finding reliable and reputable assistance even though in an unfamiliar area.
P.S. If you have to move an elderly family member, I would recommend that you read the guest post by Katie Hustead at SandwichINK, The Sandwich Generation Issues of Moving Mom and Dad: Senior Moving Services Assistance, along with the comments. There, you'll find more useful information specific to researching senior moving services for that situation.