It wasn't easy to tell your senior you were going on vacation last year. And this time, you're cringing at the thought of having the conversation with them. But whether it's your parent or another senior loved one, talking about it is the only way to help them prepare for your absence. Here are 5 topics to include in your discussion.
Explain why you're taking this vacation without them. Although they enjoy your companionship, they will understand that sometimes you want to get away with your spouse and kids, or maybe just a friend or two. Reassure them of your love.
- Give them the details of your plans as soon as you have them. Knowing exactly when you are leaving and returning will contribute to their peace of mind. Also, tell them where you're staying and how they can get in touch with you.
- Make arrangements for them to maintain a healthy diet while you're away. Help them make a shopping list. If they cannot get to the supermarket or prepare foods alone, ask a family member or friend to help out.
- Go over all of the medications they take. If you usually remind them to take their pills, write down a detailed schedule or download an app if they have a smartphone. Review the current stock and available refills about a week before you take off.
- If you think it would be better to hire a caregiver, consider Caring Senior Service. For over 25 years, we have been providing care and peace of mind for seniors and their families.
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!