As people get their COVID-19 vaccinations, some are starting to look at the chance to go on vacation again. Your parents need you to help out, but you need to get away. It leads to uncertainty.
Do you bring your parents with you? If you do, you’re limited to their mobility and energy levels. If you leave them at home, what will they do without you to help? Have you thought about respite care services?
Tips for Traveling With the Elderly
When you’re traveling with elderly parents, allow for extra time. They won’t be able to run from one airport gate to another. Give them time to get from one area to another at their pace.
Longer layovers help. If possible, look for direct flights. Get to the airport in plenty of time to get through check-in and security even if there are long lines.
If you think your parent will need a wheelchair, make arrangements before your travel date. Most airlines can have a wheelchair available to rent or borrow.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is one of the many services home care agencies offer. It’s a temporary care service that allows family caregivers to take some time off for vacations, a much-needed break, or to recover from a surgery or illness.
You can also use respite care to help your parents as they recover from an illness or surgery. Once they’re better, the respite care services end.
With respite care, your parents have help with daily activities of living. They can have a caregiver remind them to take their daily medications. Caregivers can clean the home, do the laundry, and cook meals. Transportation, companionship, and personal care and grooming services are also options.
Traveling With Your Parents
What if your parents want to go on vacation with you? They want to get away, too, and you understand it after a year of being at home and cooped up. You don’t want to have to limit your activities to things they can do.
Ask a local home care agency if there are caregivers who are willing to accompany your family on the trip. While you’re doing the things you want to do, caregivers can join your parents in their preferred activities. You will be required to pay the caregiver’s travel costs. If that’s within your budget, it’s a great way to travel without feeling limited.
If you cannot arrange to have a caregiver travel with you, call a home care agency and ask if they have an office in your destination city. Arrange to have a local caregiver there provide respite care services during your stay.