My husband and I are using Homewatch CareGivers for medical appointments and for grocery shopping at this time. My husband just had open heart surgery five weeks ago and he's not driving yet, and so we've been taking advantage of the services that Homewatch CareGivers provide. We're very, very delighted. All we have to do is call up and ask them. Primarily, we're using them for mobility to get us to medical appointments and to go grocery shopping. We're not using any in-home services at this time.
They're very, very exceptional and very caring. I put together a list of names because we've been able to take advantage of several of them. The ladies who work there are Pilara, Vanessa, Rita, Arlene, Rose, and Tiara, and they're all very, very excellent and very helpful, particularly with grocery shopping. They help with getting things packaged up and then they bring in all the groceries, which is good for me because that helps me a lot. My husband who was supposed to be lifting things doesn't need to worry about that.
There's only the two of us, and they're very interested. When we're driving around, we get a chance to chat and get acquainted and share with them some of our things and they share some of theirs, so we're feeling very taken care of. They've been very accommodating, very caring and very interested in providing the services that we need. My husband needed help to get in and out of the car when he first got out of his surgery. They gave him a little stepladder, and they're using that when he goes, so it's been very accommodating.
I have macular degeneration and I've been meaning to go for regular monthly appointments for that. They took my husband to the hospital, so that he could go have surgery when he needed that. We've gone for his appointments to the doctor's office. We both go and they drive us and wait for us or come back for us. When he was in the hospital, they took me down to see him for the few days that he was in the hospital, so I was able to spend an hour or an hour and a half that he was in the hospital. The ladies have been assisting us with transportation, grocery shopping, mailing some packages off a couple of times, and going to the bank, anything we need to do. It's been very helpful for us that they have been able to take us out when we need to go and take care of our business.