Being a caregiver for a senior parent or loved one is a full-time job, so it only makes sense to take an occasional vacation. On the surface, this may seem completely logical – until the pangs of guilt start to set in, possibly convincing you rethink your vacation plans. With a little planning, however, you can put your mind at ease and get the rest and relaxation you deserve.
Explaining a Vacation to an Elderly Loved One
Find a good time to talk when your loved one isn’t likely to be distracted. For instance, if your loved one is usually more relaxed after dinner, strike up the conversation after you’ve finished your meal so they’re more receptive to what you have to say. Make the conversation as productive and positive as possible by:
- Remaining calm when addressing any concerns
- Being specific with your travel details (especially when you’ll return)
- Providing reassurances
Making Preparations in Advance
Ease any lingering concerns you may have about being away from your loved one for a short period of time by making as many preparations in advance as possible. If other family members can’t help out with your loved one’s care, temporary live-in care in Boca Raton can be a comforting solution. Additional advance preparations to consider:
- Scheduling an initial meeting with a substitute caregiver before you leave (if it’s not somebody familiar) to see how they interact with your loved one
- Arranging for friends and family members to periodically visit your loved one
- Making regular check-in calls or sending occasional texts to your loved one
- Leaving a list of emergency contact information and relevant phone numbers
Keep in mind that you can always share all the details of your vacation – not to mention a collection of pictures and any mementos from your trip – with your loved one when you get back, making for some good quality time.
Respite is an important part of any caregiver’s routine, so don’t be afraid to enjoy this year’s spring break with a much needed vacation. And after you’ve had a chance to relax, you’ll be able to provide your loved one with the highest level of care possible! For more information about live-in or hourly home care in Boca Raton, reach out to Home Care Assistance at 561-826-9282 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager.