It's that time again, time for family vacation. This time around though, it's just the immediate family going, not your senior parent. Mom or Dad might be nervous about being on their own while you're away. But having a thorough discussion with them, as many times as necessary, will help to allay their anxiety. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you sit down and talk.
- First, provide reassurance that you love them dearly and you will miss them. Remind them of the many great vacations you have had together and that you will have more opportunities in the future.
- Tell them all your travel plans. They will feel more secure knowing when you're leaving and coming back, where you're staying, and how they can contact you if necessary. Also, provide an emergency contact list.
- Make sure they have the food they need to eat properly while you're gone. Depending on the circumstances, this might mean getting someone to take them grocery shopping for fresh produce, or to prepare meals.
- Talk about medication. If you normally remind them when it's time to take their medicine, be sure to write out a detailed schedule. Also, if they use a smartphone, you can download an app like Medisafe.
- Consider getting respite care from Caring Senior Service. We can provide personal care, transportation, companionship, and so much more. We have been happily serving seniors for over 25 years.
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!