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Should You Bring a Senior Care Provider with You on Vacation?

By Erin Carll

Senior Care in Cheswick PA

Going on vacation is one of the great joys of the summer months. For older adults who are suffering from challenges and limitations, however, this family tradition can be more difficult than it was in years before. Finding ways to simplify vacationing and address your parent's challenges throughout the trip can ensure that they are able to enjoy the experience. One especially effective way that you can do this is by having a senior care provider go on vacation with your loved one.

A senior care provider can provide valuable care and assistance to your aging loved one throughout the vacationing experience and offer many benefits to everyone involved. Some of these benefits include:

  • Keeping their routine intact. Routine and predictability are important to elderly adults, particularly those who are dealing with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Routine helps to maintain a sense of calm and control, and limits anxiety. When you are on vacation there is no way to get around the fact that routine will change. Having a care provider available, however, can help your parent to maintain as much of their predictability and routine as possible.
  • Vacation at their own pace. Your parent should not feel rushed when vacationing, but that does not mean that the rest of your family should have to feel like they always need to slow down or that they are going to miss out on activities that they want to do. A senior care provider can help to bridge these needs. While you should do your best to make sure that there are activities that you can all do together, there will be times when you can split off so that you can all vacation at your own pace. The care provider enables you to feel confident your loved one has the support and assistance that they need while they move at their own pace. This also means that they can take breaks, rest, and even stay back at the hotel when they need to without you worrying that they are alone.
  • Enable you to focus on your family. If you are in full caregiver mode while on vacation you are going to spend all of your time worrying about your parent. This means that you are not going to be able to focus on the rest of your family and the experiences that you are having together. By the end of your vacation you may not even remember what you did or feel like you took a vacation at all. Having a care provider with you means that you can feel confident your loved one has everything that they need so that you can have peace of mind while focusing on the rest of your family, and on having fun yourself. This will enable you to connect with everyone in a meaningful way and get the most out of your time together on this exciting summer adventure.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring in-home senior care in Cheswick, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.