FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Ho-Ho-Ho? /
The chill is settling into the air
after a particularly hot summer for much of the
country. The Halloween costumes have yet to be
purchased (at least not on purpose) and the thought
of pumpkin pie is still a distant memory at this
point. So, right now is the best time to think about
What?! We havenít even trick or
treated yet! And, if you want to make the good Lord
laugh, tell Him/Her (covering my bases) your plans.
This saying goes double for family caregivers. Yet,
as in all good fearless caregiving, the more you can
plan for contingencies, the better.
Preparation for traveling during
the holidays is one detail best done way in advance.
Have you told your hosts how they
may need to prepare their house for your loved oneís
safety and comfort? Also remember, itís best that
you update relatives and friends ahead of time about
your loved oneís behavior or condition so that
everybody is at ease and relaxed during the holiday
Make sure to begin packing way in
advance so that youíll have everything needed for
your loved one, as well as for yourself.
Make lists and check them often
prior to leaving home. Remember to have any refills
on medications done early.
Contact the airline/bus/train
about their available disability traveling services.
If youíre traveling by car, plan
to break up the car trip with a stopover at a park
or a favorite restaurant so that your loved one can
get some fresh air and feel less confined.
Check out the
Fearless Caregiver Guide series, in particular
the one entitled Holiday Caregiving. Itís a great
roadmap designed to make sure that you can have many
more treats than tricks this holiday season.