If you are like many caregivers, the summer months mean thoughts of hitting the road and traveling with family. Vacations are a fun way to get away from your usual routine, have new experiences, revisit places that you love, and make memories that you can treasure well into the future. As with other issues in your care journey with your elderly parent, it is extremely important to keep their needs in mind as you make the plans for your trip.
July is National Vacation Rental Month. This is the ideal time for you to start planning a getaway with your family that will include your senior. Planning well in advance will help to make the planning process less stressful.
Use these tips to help you plan a vacation with your senior this summer:
• Get them involved. Talk to your aging parent about your desire to go on a vacation with the family and let them be involved. Getting them to be a part of the planning process can help to ensure that you are planning a vacation that they will truly enjoy as well as giving them a boost in their mental and emotional health.
• Choose your accommodations early. Particularly when you are traveling with a senior, where you stay is vitally important to the success of your vacation. You want to make sure that you select a hotel or rental that is easily accessible, has the features that are important to your parent and the rest of your family, and that is central to the activities that you wish to participate in during your vacation. Making your arrangements for these accommodations early allows you to plan around that place and can get you the best price. Choosing early also gives you the best chances of getting the type of room or other features that you would like.
• Make arrangements for care. Reassure your senior that they will still have access to the type of care that they need while you are traveling. This can include finding resources in your vacation destination that you might use, such as a medical supply store, pharmacy, and doctor’s office for emergency needs. If your parent has more extensive needs and you are traveling with your children or other family members, consider hiring a care provider that can travel with you to give your parent the care that they need.
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your elderly loved one’s quality of life and feel confident that they are getting everything that they need as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule that ensures that they get the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need, when they need it, but that you are also able to continue to give them everything that you can. The highly personalized services of a senior care provider help your elderly loved one to manage their needs and challenges while also supporting them in maintain as much activity, engagement, and independence as they age in place. Helping them to find activities that they enjoy, giving them companionship and emotional support, assisting with their personal care tasks, and encouraging them to stay active in the world around them can help your parent to find greater fulfillment, health, and well-being throughout their later years. If you are considering a getaway with your family that will not include your parent, respite care can make a tremendous difference in your peace of mind knowing that they are getting all of the care that they need while you are gone.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN PINEVILLE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.