You’re a family caregiver, but it’s time for your yearly vacation. This year, you’re going to try bringing your dad. It’s the first time you’ve tried this, so you’re not sure what to expect.
Use these six tips to make it a successful trip.
Discuss the Trip
Your dad may be nervous about traveling. Go over the trip in detail. Show him how you’ll get where you’re going. Bring up photos of where you’re going to stay. Ask what he’d like to do during this trip. Make sure you’re scheduling a day or two where you will do the things that appeal to him.
Plan for the Unexpected
You may have an idea of what to do all day. Make sure you don’t make those plans too firm. Your dad may suffer from jet lag if there’s a time change. He may want a day to relax near a pool or on the beach. Allow for these change of plans.
Expect Frequent Breaks
As you get older, you may need a toilet break or to stretch legs frequently. If you’re traveling by car, make sure you stop frequently to stretch, get snacks or meals, and visit a bathroom. If you’re flying, your dad will need time to use a bathroom before and after the flight. Make sure layovers are timed so that you’re not rushing from one terminal to another.
Triple Check You’ve Packed Everything
If your dad takes daily prescriptions, make sure you’ve packed them. If you’re flying, you want those medications in a carry-on bag. Don’t pack them in checked luggage where they could get lost. Think of other supplies your dad needs. If he has dementia, he needs an ID bracelet or pendant.
Have a Meeting Spot Picked Out
If people do get separated, pick an easy-to-find location where you’ll meet up. In an airport, the security checkpoint or gate where you’re flying out of is a good choice. If you’re at your destination, pick a store or restaurant.
Bring Someone to Help You
If your dad needs help with personal care, ambulation, and meals, bring along a caregiver. You can pick from family caregivers or talk to a home care agency to see if they can arrange to have home care aides join you on your trip. If you pay travel expenses and wages, there are caregivers who are amenable to traveling on the job.
Learn more about the many services home care providers offer. Jot down a list of the help your dad needs and call our agency now.
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