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Summer Travel Plans for Caregivers

By Sheryl Leary

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Be sure substitute caregivers have access to all information needed including: medication schedule (also be sure to have an ample supply of medication available), all emergency phone numbers including doctor, pharmacy, nearest relative, your contact information, a listing of medical conditions, power of attorney and health care proxy information.

Recognize that both you and your loved one will have a degree of worry and stress because this is a change in the routine. Caregivers often need to be reminded that part of taking care of someone else is taking care of yourself. Recognizing and acting on that need for relief is probably the greatest gift you can give your loved one. It is the gift that will allow you to continue caring.

Life changes and vacations change when you are a caregiver. Caregiving does not mean you have to give up your dreams of travel or your simple desire to “get away from it all.” Caregiving means that you have added a new dimension to your planning and creativity to your schedule, but the dream can still be fulfilled.



Sheryl Leary is the Family Caregiver Specialist for HESSCO Elder Services in Sharon, MA. In this role, she provides individual consultations for caregivers as well as educational programming for the community as a whole. Throughout her career, Sheryl has maintained a focus on caregiver issues and alleviating caregiver stress.


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