Whether it's your first time taking a vacation without the senior in your life, or you've done it before, the conversation isn't very easy to have. Here are 5 things to keep in mind when letting them know you're going on another trip.
- Reassure them that you love them very much and it will be hard for you to be away from them. Point out to them parts of the itinerary that will be too physically taxing on them, making it a better idea for them to stay home. Discuss future plans to go on a vacation with them.
- Give them as many details as possible. There is security in having knowledge. Tell them your travel dates, where you'll be staying, and how they can get in touch with you. Be sure to leave an emergency contact list in case they can't reach you.
- Review their medication with them and make sure they have enough refills. Write down the schedule for them, which is especially important if they're accustomed to getting reminders from you.
- Help them to write out a grocery list to make sure they eat properly while you're gone. If possible, shop for foods before you leave. Make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to take them to the grocery store if necessary.
- Discuss making arrangements for respite care during your vacation. Caring Senior Service has been taking care of seniors for over 25 years. We can provide personal care, run errands, prepare meals, and more.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!