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IS YOUR ELDERLY LOVED ONE PREPARED? Before You Leave for Vacation
A round this time, many people start parent or relative, is making sure they’ll be taken care of while you’re gone a part of your planning? Just like creating a packing list based on what you might need, you can plan for everything that could happen with your loved one while you’re gone. to account for any situation that could occur while you’re gone. Many seniors carry a few days’ worth of medication with them. Are their backup meds somewhere in the house? If the senior has a major allergy, where is the Epi-pen kept? What conditions can trigger their chronic conditions? What OTC medicines interact with their prescriptions? Are the smoke detectors in working order? If they have grab bars in the bathroom, are they sturdy? Do they have an emergency medical alert device? What if they take it off? Do they have a doctor’s appointment while you’re gone, and if so, how will they get there? Who is the emergency contact while you are out-of-country or out-of- state? Planning for the unlikely scenarios is just as important as planning for the likely ones. The most important thing you can do is build a support network for your loved one to rely on while you’re gone. The more people you invite to help you take care of your loved one, the more assured their safety and well-being will be while you’re away. This could mean asking another relative planning their summer vacations. If you are the primary caretaker for an elderly Ensuring that a loved one is taken care of is more than just getting their medications in order. Try
or a neighbor to check in on your loved one at their house, pick up groceries or medications for them, or maybe even
take them to their doctor’s appointments. If you want to make sure they’re getting nutritious meals, there are a number of services you can call ahead of time to deliver meals to their homes. At the same time, pharmacists can organize your loved one’s medications in advance and can even call their house to check in on them if necessary.
Your loved one’s need for human connection is an incredibly important element to consider before you go on your vacation. As members of your support network make sure your elderly relative is staying physically healthy, their interactions with them will ensure that the human connection your loved one normally experiences through you will not suffer while you’re away.
JUST LIKE CREATING A PACKING LIST BASED ON WHAT YOU MIGHT NEED, YOU CAN PLAN FOR EVERYTHING THAT COULD HAPPEN WITH YOUR LOVED ONE WHILE YOU’RE GONE.”
Taking care of an elderly relative is hard work, but you don’t have to do it alone, and you shouldn’t let it disqualify you from a well-deserved vacation. Make sure you’re prepared for every possible scenario that could happen and that you have a group of people you trust to take care of your loved one while you’re gone.
—Monica Labrot arketing and Custome Support Manager
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