Hitting the road for a trip to visit family for Thanksgiving can be exciting, but it can also be challenging and stressful. Tens of millions of people throughout the United States travel by road during Thanksgiving, which increases the possibility of traffic, delays, accidents, and more. As a family caregiver, you want to make sure you plan well in advance and are prepared for the possibility of these challenges so you can make your Thanksgiving road trip as stress-free, smooth, and enjoyable as possible for everyone.
Use these tips for a less stressful, more enjoyable Thanksgiving road trip:
- Time your trip carefully. With so many people traveling, the roads are likely to be congested. Some times will be less busy than others, however. Particularly if you live near a large city, timing your travel can make all the difference when it come sto saving time and hassle. One primary tip often given is to avoid traveling in the evening on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The hours between 3 and 7 tend to be the busiest and most heavily traveled, so look to travel at another time. Traveling overnight and on the holiday itself can be good choices.
- Eat during "off times." Unless you are only traveling a short distance, you are likely to need to stop for meals during your trip. Plan these stops for off peak times to make the meal faster and less busy, and to make the most of less traffic as you travel during times when others are eating. Consider packing a picnic and stopping at a welcome center to eat an hour or two before or after usual eating times.
- Plan stops. You might want to push and save as much time as possible, but this can be very stressful for everyone. Instead, plan stops along the way. Stopping for just a short time to use the restroom, walk around, see a unique site, or grab a snack can help all of you feel better and maintain more patience and positivity.
- Offer snacks and distractions regularly. Rather than waiting for family members to ask for a snack, a drink, or to say they're bored, act proactively. Hand out snacks and drinks each hour, and regularly offer new forms of entertainment or game options.
If you are dealing with the challenges and busy schedules of the holiday season, you need all the help you can get. This is particularly true as a family caregiver, especially one who is in the sandwich generation. Handling all of the needs and obligations of your usual routine, and adding those of the holiday season, can be overwhelming, but home care can help. Relying on an in-home senior care services provider to handle some of your senior's needs can allow you to focus your energy and attention on other aspects of your day, relax and enjoy the holidays, and still feel confident your parent is getting everything they need to stay healthy and safe during this season and beyond.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Suwanee, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.