Senior Travel Concerns– Gone, Not Forgotten: A Caregiver’s Checklist


Taking care of an elderly family spouse, member, or friend is a beautiful thing, but it also can be stressful and in some cases you need a break. Just the thought of taking a break can bring stress and anxiety because you want your loved one (who we’ll refer to as Dad) to be well cared for when you aren’t there. You know specifically how things are done, you’re acquainted with the routine, and you recognize the special matters to perform that make a big impact. You’re hesitant that if you are gone for a while, things might slip through the cracks or important aspects may be overlooked. If you’re attempting to organize for care while you are away, right here is a valuable list of things to consider in your planning to ensure that you and your loved one can both have satisfaction.

Choosing the right person to give care is the most important thing. If possible, have someone there who knows Dad, someone he is comfortable and familiar with. If possible, allow Dad to be involved in the selection, and choose someone that both of you feel good about.

Maybe your Dad loves to sit outside and listen to the birds in the early morning or have the morning paper read to him while he drinks a cup of coffee (decaffeinated, with sugar and some almond creamer). If Dad has any appointments or outside assignments, plays and goes bridge with friends at the local senior citizen center on Wednesdays, or likes to go to the free summer concert series in the park on Sunday evenings, make sure that you’ve planned for all of these things to continue in your absence.

While you’re creating lists, be sure to detail everything about your trip as well: where you’ll be staying at different dates, contact information, your cell phone, address, and also the contact information of the people you’ll be sticking with (or the hotel where you’ll be at). If they need to will help everyone involved feel better about the trip, knowing that they can get in touch with you.

You know just what Dad likes to eat for a late-evening snack, and the types of fruit that he likes with breakfast. Take care of all household concerns: taking care of your utility payment for the month, for example, and making sure all your window units are working for that temperature spike expected later in the week. Go through the house and make sure everything is functioning properly.

Organize any medication that Dad needs to take while you’re gone. Make a list of everything that needs to be taken and when the medicine should be administered.

Give the details of Dad’s health history with the caregiver, along with necessary phone numbers and contacts. In the unfortunate event that something comes about while you’re gone, they have to know everything that you would tell a doctor if you were there. It’s a great idea to have documentation that this person is enabled to request and specify look after Dad in your absence, in order that his care won’t be impeded if something should occur.

When something does occur, you’ll have more assurance if there’s a living will in place and you, Dad, and the caregiver know what to perform if there’s a sudden turn of events. Possibilities are this won’t happen, because you likely wouldn’t be leaving town if you were bothered about this. You never know, and being prepared for any situation will help you know that all loose ends are tied up and you can leave town free of worry.

By looking after the above mentioned ideas, you’ll have the opportunity to leave Dad and know that he’s in good hands and that you’ve told the caregiver everything they have to know for things to run glitch-free. This will keep it possible for you to enjoy a vacation and come back to Dad refilled and ready to restart giving him the care and love that only you know how to give him.

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