Plan ahead to take a senior on vacation
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By Julie Ann Anderson  July 18, 2014 12:00 am

Inter-generational vacations can be fun for the entire family. But you'll want to plan ahead, and you may need support if an older adult is traveling with you.

What a great opportunity for your mom and/or dad and your children to spend fun, quality time together. The first thing you should do is sit down with your parent to determine what their routine is like. Do they take medication and when? Are they on a restricted diet and, if so, what do they eat? Is it important that they eat at a certain time? Do they nap regularly? How often do they need bathroom breaks?

Answering questions like these will help you incorporate a routine into your travel schedule. Even though your parent will be on vacation, it's important they maintain their habits to avoid becoming ill while away.

It also might be a good idea to ask your parent to discuss the trip with their physician. Perhaps you could go along on the visit or participate in a conference call. Ask your parent's doctor for any travel recommendations. Make sure your parent doesn't forget to pack their medications.

Consider the climate where you'll be headed and pack accordingly. 

Remember, seniors can become chilled easier than younger travelers. If you'll be doing any walking, make sure your loved one has the right type of shoes for the terrain.

Remember to make sure your older loved one drinks enough fluids to remain hydrated and doesn't become overtired with all the activity.

If you live in another city and aren't around to help your parent get ready for this trip – or even if you're just busy getting ready yourself – enlist the help of a friend or professional CAREGiverSM.

Home Instead CAREGivers, for instance, will do all of the things you would to help your older loved one get ready for your trip. A CAREGiver could help your parent pack for vacation, make sure they have all the necessary medications, stop newspaper delivery and other household chores to prepare for their departure. 

Have fun, take lots of pictures and good luck.


Julie Ann Anderson is the owner of Home Instead Senior care office in Rohnert Park; mother of two and passionate about healthy living at all ages. Having cared for her parents, she understands your struggles and aims, through her website, to educate and encourage seniors and caregivers. Have a caregiving or aging concern? She’d love to hear from you at 586-1516 anytime.

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