The end of the school year is drawing near and that means that it is time to start preparing for graduation ceremonies. Graduation ceremonies are a special event that no one should have to miss out on. However, there are complications that can arise when trying to get your aging senior to a graduation ceremony. Research and planning ahead can ensure that graduation day goes smoothly and is memorable for all the right reasons. Use our preparation checklist below to get ready for a great graduation.
- When- Find out when the graduation ceremony is to be held. Ensure that there are no necessary medical procedures, treatments, therapies, etc. that will conflict with the graduation. If so try to reschedule those. If a medication is to be administered during the graduation ceremony or while traveling to or from, make sure you plan to take the necessary medication and related items with you. Try not to miss or delay a medication administration.
- Where- Graduation ceremonies can take place in a number of different locations. Some graduations are inside auditoriums or large basketball arenas, while others are outside in football stadiums. Find out where the ceremony will be held so that you can dress and pack appropriately. Indoor graduations may require a light jacket as they can be quite chilly. An outdoor graduation may require that you dress your aging senior in light-weight, breathable clothing with an umbrella to help provide shade. Regardless, of whether the ceremony will be indoors or outdoors, make sure you take water with you as it is important to keep your senior hydrated through what may be a lengthy ceremony.
- Who- It is important to determine who will be responsible for providing care and assistance to your senior. It is easy to assume that someone is doing it when in reality no one may be doing it. It is not a bad idea to hire a caregiver to attend the graduation ceremony with your senior. A hired caregiver will ensure that your senior is well taken care of without any members of the family having to be distracted from the graduate.
- How- How you will get to the graduation ceremony and your seat at the ceremony is something that you should plan in advance. Make sure the vehicle used to get to the ceremony will accommodate the needs of your senior. Also call ahead or go look at the facility in advance to ensure that there is a way to get your senior into the facility and to their seat. Do not be afraid to ask facility staff to help with accessibility accommodations for your senior.
If you follow these preparatory guidelines you should be well on your day to a happy graduation for all involved. Our warmest congratulations to you and your graduate. At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!