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Summer Travel Plans for Caregivers

By Sheryl Leary

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Dress in layers to accommodate shifting between air conditioning and the outdoors.

Find the nearest location of an emergency room or urgent care provider in the area you are visiting prior to your trip.

When planning family reunions or large parties, ensure that elders have designated one-to-one time with extended family members. Your loved one may get lost in the hustle and bustle of a large party. Having designated time with your loved one will allow all family members to catch up on the news and events.

Do not compare this vacation with those of the past. When you fall into this pattern of thinking, you often focus on what is different or what you can’t do. Think of each vacation as a new chapter, a new adventure in your life.

Vacationing Without Your Loved One

Make arrangements for alternate caregivers well in advance of your vacation. Do not expect other family members to take on full responsibility for care with only a week’s notice. Ensure substitute caregivers know the dates and expectations for care they will provide.

Have your loved one and the substitute care provider meet before you leave so that they will both be more comfortable together. Ensure that the level of care needed matches the care provider’s abilities.

When using a formal provider for respite care, there are many options. Private home health agencies can provide assistance on an hourly or shift basis. Rest homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes can often provide care on a short-term respite basis if they have openings. The private care provider will have to decide if your loved one meets the level of care their facility offers.Have a scheduled check-in time with your loved one or their substitute care provider each day.


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