When you're the primary caregiver for a senior loved one, you want to be sure that their needs are covered while you're away on vacation. Unfortunately, that can be a difficult conversation, especially if they're upset about being left behind. By adding these conversations to your To Do list, you can ensure a healthier experience for both you and your loved one.
1) Discuss why you're leaving. You want to take the kids on a family trip, you and your spouse are in need of some bonding time, or it's time for your annual vacation. Make sure they understand that you're going to be gone. Ideally, you want to prepare them well in advance for the trip so that it doesn't come as a surprise.
2) Let them know how long you'll be away. Whether you're headed out for a long weekend or going on a road trip for two weeks, discuss the duration of your trip with your loved one before you leave. Knowing when you will be back can help alleviate some of the anxiety associated with the trip.
3) Plan medication reminders together. This may be as simple as putting medications into a box for each day that you'll be gone or as complicated as setting medication reminders on a phone or other device. Discuss what will be necessary for your loved one to successfully remember to take their medications while you're gone.
4) Prepare a grocery list or meal plan. If someone else will be helping your loved one while you're away, make sure they understand any dietary restrictions or concerns. If your loved one will be alone, make sure they have everything they need to prepare their meals adequately while you're gone.
5) Is a caregiver necessary? If your loved one is extremely anxious or you're worried that they won't be able to take care of themselves while you're gone, consider providing a caregiver to help take care of them during your vacation. At Caring Senior Service, we offer caregivers who can make going on vacation easier for both you and your senior loved one.
Whether you need a caregiver who can help check in on your loved one or simply more reassurance that your trip will go smoothly, contact us! We'll help you prepare everything you need to be sure that your senior loved one will be fine while you're on vacation.