Planning a summer vacation can be challenging for the millions of Americans caring for their aging loved ones. Do you take your aging loved one with you? Should you ask another family member to help so you can have a break? Because of the many obstacles, it isn’t unusual for family caregivers to cancel vacation plans due to caregiving duties or worries over what will happen while they’re gone.
Blue Water Hospice and Homecare Founder and COO Jennifer Prescott, RN, MSN, CDP recently shared tips on how caregivers can utilize non-medical homecare or respite care services to help enjoy a well-deserved vacation with Austin-based caregiver support group, Parenting Aging Parents.
Find the Right Type of Care
Prescott says the first step to planning a trip without aging parents is to decide what kind of care they need. If your loved one can care for themselves, family, friends, or neighbors can check in to make sure things are running smoothly while you’re away. For those that need medication reminders, meal preparation, or help with some daily activities, contacting a homecare company like Blue Water Homecare to provide non-medical services can ease your mind while you’re away. If you aren’t comfortable leaving your aging parents at home, respite care, or temporary, full-time care at a local assisted living facility is a great option – but be sure to call in advanced to ensure these types of services are available.
Choosing Non-Medical Homecare
Allowing a professional caregiver in the home can be a stressful situation on both you and your aging parents. To find a company you can trust, Prescott says it’s important to do proper research. This can include:
- Looking at online reviews
- Asking friends and family members for recommendations
- Getting a referral from your doctor
- Speaking with your local Chamber of Commerce
- Call a local hospice and ask for their network of agencies
Once you’ve identified a few options, asking the right questions can help determine the best care provider for your family.
Caregivers Need a Break Too
Caring for aging parents can be a rewarding, yet overwhelming, responsibility. Taking care of yourself as a caregiver – both physically and mentally – is critical to avoiding burnout. By enlisting the help of respite care or in-home care, you can have the peace of mind you need to enjoy your vacation.
Contact Blue Water Homecare
Blue Water is here to educate you on what types of care are available to help your loved one comfortably and safely age in place and give you some welcome respite and a peace of mind.