It’s summertime and for many, that means family vacations. An ordinary family vacation takes some planning, but for family caregivers traveling with their older adult family members, there’s even more planning required. However, by following some simple tips, you can ensure that vacationing is fun for everyone, including caregivers and older adults. Below are five tips that can help make your vacation with an aging family member more pleasant.
1. Call Ahead for Services and Accommodations.
If the senior has special needs, like a wheelchair at the airport or a handicap accessible bathroom, call ahead to make sure those needs can be met. This is especially important if your older adult needs an aisle seat on the plane or has a disability that will make airport screening difficult. If your loved one is aged 75 or older, the TSA has rules in place that allow them to go through a security pre-check line where they won’t have to remove shoes or take a few other steps. (This is only available for flights within the U.S.)
2. Pack a Small Bag of Essentials.
Pack a small bag that can stay with you wherever you go containing some essentials for the older adult’s care. Keep medications in the bag. If you’re taking an airplane, the medications need to be in labeled medication bottles and inside a clear plastic bag. Also, take enough medication for a few extra days in case you get stuck somewhere. Some other things to put in the bag are:
- A change of clothes.
- Special eating utensils, if needed.
- Extra hearing aid battery.
- A book to read or a puzzle book to keep the older adult from getting bored.
- Copies of ID and insurance cards.
3. Remind the Senior Not to Post on Social Media.
Caregivers should remind older adults not to post information about their trip on social media until after they return. Some thieves monitor social media and burglarize homes while the owners are away. You should also consider having a neighbor or friend check on the house while the senior is away.
4. Plan to Make Stops.
If you’re traveling by car, remember that older adults may need more frequent stops to stretch their legs and use the bathroom. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination and be patient with the senior when they request additional stops.
5. Don’t Pack the Schedule.
Keep in mind that older adults may not be able to do many activities in a single day. Don’t pack the schedule with back-to-back activities that don’t allow for some rest. Plan downtime into the schedule so the senior can rest without feeling like a burden.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Modesto, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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