Going on vacation with your aging loved one can be a fun way to spend quality time together, shake up your routine, make memories both of you can cherish, and strengthen your relationship.
Before you can start having fun and reaping the benefits of vacation, however, you have to prepare, and one of the biggest parts of preparation for vacation is packing. Packing efficiently and effectively for your aging parent can ensure they have everything that they need, and make the vacation itself smoother.
Use these tips to help your senior pack for vacation:
-Before packing anything, make a list of all of the activities you’ll be doing during your trip. Be sure to include things like your travel days and sleeping. Writing these things down helps you to visualize the items your parent will need
-Write down everything your parent will need for each activity. Start with generic concepts, such as “shirt and pants”, then elaborate as you select the specific items out of their wardrobe they need for each activity or day
-If you will have access to laundry facilities while traveling, consider packing easily mixed-and-matched items your parents could wear multiple times during the trip. This cuts down on the amount they need to bring, as well as the confusion of choosing clothes each day
-Pack each outfit in its entirety together in a large zipper bag. This not only keeps luggage more organized, it makes it easy to get ready each day. All your parent needs to do is look for the bag with the day or the activity on it, and they’ll have everything they need
-Consider condensing luggage. Rather than every person having a bag for clothing and a bag for toiletries, consider packing one primary toiletry bag and condensing clothing into one or two suitcases for easier packing into the car, and transport
-If your parent needs to bring prescription medications with them, make sure they bring along the original packaging and a copy of the prescription itself
-If you will be flying with your parents, make sure to review restrictions and guidelines with them. This is particularly important if they have never flown, or has been many years since they have flown and they may not be familiar with the new regulations
If your aging parent has been dealing with new challenges and limitations, your ability to care for them has changed and you no longer feel as though you are fulfilling their needs effectively, or you simply believe they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the ideal time to consider starting elderly care for them. With elderly care, your aging parent will have customized access to the care, support, and assistance that they need, on the schedule that is right for them.
Through these services, the elderly home care services provider can help your parent to stay happy, healthy, safe, and independent, while also pursuing a lifestyle that is active and fulfilling. Personalized services can include transportation, meal preparation, assistance with housekeeping tasks, support for personal care needs such as bathing and grooming, companionship, medication reminders, and more.
If you are considering hiring Senior Care in Redford, MI, contact the caring staff at No Place Like Home Health, LLC today. Call (734) 259-4200.
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