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Taking Elderly Loved Ones to Family Reunions

The summer months are the ideal time for family reunions and many elderly people love to visit with distant relatives to remember old times and catch up on what’s happening today. Taking an elderly loved one to a family reunion can pose a unique set of challenges to a family caregiver. However, with a little planning, they can ensure their aging loved one will be comfortable, safe and satisfied with the trip.


Caregiver in San Ramon CA: Family Reunions

Caregiver in San Ramon CA: Family Reunions

Family reunions can be held in exotic destinations but most are generally in a central venue large enough to hold multiple generations. Pavilions in the park, a rented community center or similar setups are most common. Family caregivers can find out as much as possible about the venue to make sure they are prepared to help their aging loved one. For example, if the venue is outside, there should be shady places for seniors to sit.


Elderly loved ones may need a few extra things to ensure they are comfortable at a long family reunion event. Because seating may be limited to folding chairs or picnic tables, it’s a good idea to bring along a sturdy canvas chair for them. Other comfort items might include a small pillow for a sore back, water bottle, foot rest, hand-held fan or padded seat cushion.

Memory Makers

Provide your aging loved one with a few things to preserve the memories he or she will be making at the reunion. Have a notebook and pen close by to record contact information if desired. It’s always a good idea to give them a little camera to snap some photos if they don’t have a smart phone. A photo album can start a lot of good conversations between the elderly and the younger generation as well.

Sun Protection

Even if the reunion is being held on an overcast day, make sure your elderly loved one has sunscreen and a hat to protect them from sunburn. If possible, put their seat in the shade. An umbrella or portable shade canopy is a must if there won’t be any shade at the reunion.  If the venue is indoors, then even sitting on a sunny porch or near an open window can trigger sunburn in the elderly.

Food and Drink

Seniors may need to eat at different times than the main group, especially if they are dealing with conditions like diabetes. Sometimes, the elderly like to eat a little throughout the day rather than three big meals. Make sure that there are several healthy snacks for seniors to munch on if they need it and it is still several hours away from a family meal.

Rest and Relaxation

The elderly may not be able to keep up with all the activities that are planned for the family reunion, so family caregivers should ensure that their loved one gets plenty of rest at the times they are used to. Early mornings and late nights may not fit well with a senior’s regular sleeping patterns. Also, seniors may need to be taken back to the hotel or a family member’s home in the middle of the day for a regularly scheduled nap. When seniors get enough rest, they are more likely to enjoy themselves at the reunion.


Family caregivers can help their elderly loved one enjoy the annual family get-together by planning ahead and anticipating what their unique needs might be.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in San Ramon, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.



Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE