• How do I help my dad get out when he can't be in public but doesn't want to sit at home all the time.

    Asked by Kerstin on Thursday, May 24, 2012

    How do I help my dad get out when he can't be in public but doesn't want to sit at home all the time.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      Why can't he be in public? Low blood counts?

      almost 9 years ago
    • Popnel's Avatar

      how about taking him for a drive.
      Also you could take him for a picnic some place nice where he could at least see other people and yet not be too close to them. I go out for walks in pretty secluded places, have little picnics and drives with a friend who is not contageous with a thing and it does help.
      Elly (popnel)

      almost 9 years ago
    • Lost904's Avatar

      How come he can't be in public? My dad can't really go out anywhere because of exhaustion and weakness but he wants and needs to get out of the house all of the time. My Mom takes him for drives in the car. He enjoys taking drives along a lot of back roads for scenic view (even though he falls asleep 90% of the time) it still makes him feel better being out of the house. And they take drives to get coffee through the drive thru too.

      almost 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Usually cant be in public for fear of getting sick from someone, low blood counts. My dad used to love to go to the lake and look, sit and just not do much. something like that would do a lot for him now. Hope you can get him out.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Kerstin's Avatar

      Thanks for your responses. The doctor doesn't want him out in places like grocery stores yes due to blood counts but he has taken that to not go anywhere public. I will try your suggestions of rides, picnics and sitting at the lake. All, great ideas.


      almost 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      consider getting some of that hand foam or gel. the number one thing he can do to prevent getting sick is good hand hygiene! when my counts went to XXX, i still worked and did everything, but i had everyone foam in to my office... and for my classes, i asked everyone to either foam in or go wash hands. everyone was super nice about this. also, i asked people to simple not come if they were ill. again, people were super nice about this.

      the nurses in the infusion room gave me a bottle of hand foam... that made it easy because the kids think that stuff is cool. so, they would eagerly line up to foam in to our house... and the adults think that stuff is cool too. they also cheerfully held out their hands for the foam. nice thing about that foam is that it doesn't have a heavy perfume... that was a bonus because one of my students is chemically sensitive and cannot be around the gels... ah - the drama of hand hygiene around an immune compromised cancer patient!

      sounds like the doc doesn't want him places where people are touching things with dirty hands... maybe if you can get your dad to think about it in terms of hand hygiene, he might come around a little?

      good luck! i hope you can get him out for a walk / drive or something... sunshine is a glorious wonderful thing... fresh air rules... and those things do not make you sick!

      kerstin - good luck! and hugs!

      almost 9 years ago

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