Guilt-Free Vacation Tips for Families Who Care for Seniors
As summer swings into gear, families across the United States are hitting the road and skies in hopes of having a relaxing summer vacation. Although vacations are supposed to be a time of relaxation and enjoyment, many families who live with or regularly care for a senior citizen spend their vacations worrying about their elderly loved one at home.
Leaving a senior at home during vacation shouldn’t be a guilt-inducing situation. There are a number of steps you can take to make sure your loved one is relaxed and comfortable while you are away.
* Leave seniors with the proper supervision. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to regularly check in or, if necessary, hire an in-home care agency to stay with your loved one until you return. Many in-home care agencies, such as Right at Home, are able to provide in-home care on a short-term basis.
* Leave your travel itinerary and the phone number(s) where you can be reached. Also, schedule one or two phone calls to check in with your loved one, such as 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
* Stock up on groceries and make sure all prescriptions are filled through the end of your vacation. Also, leave your living area clean and clutter-free to reduce the risk of falling.
* Arrange for any transportation needs that might arise such as a trip to the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment.
It is important to make your time away relaxing an enjoyable for your loved one. Plan special activities that give your senior something to look forward to such as arranging for a family friend or neighbor to take your loved one to dinner or for a walk. Your vacation can be just as much of a respite for your senior as it is for you.
Source: Right at Home 503-574-3674
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