Summertime means travel time for a lot of families. Vacations can pose a dilemma for those who are acting as primary caregivers for an aging loved one
Leaving a family member who requires daily help can be impossible unless some kind of care situation can be lined up. As a result, many caregivers go years without a formal vacation, or even brief breaks, from their caregiving duties.
What are the options for the caregiver when they take a much-deserved trip?
The first “go-to” option is to trade time with other family members so that they watch your mom or dad when you need to be away. Having a clear understanding of times and dates when you will be traveling is crucial to avoiding resentment and confusion. Sometimes this option causes guilt because you feel like you are “inconveniencing” someone else. Remember, taking care of an aging loved one is every family member’s responsibility. With a clear calendar and a schedule that’s fair to everyone, this option may be the right fit.
But what if you don’t have family members to depend on? Another option for the primary caregiver who wants to get away is to hire an in-home caregiving service. For instance, SYNERGY HomeCare offers respite care. This provides family caregivers with peace of mind that their loved one is being cared for by a trusted professional help while they are away.
How about taking your elderly loved one with you as you travel? After all, you may want to give your mom or dad a change of scenery too. This can be complicated, especially if it requires plane or train trips. But again, a company like SYNERGY HomeCare can provide you with the assistance of a caregiver at the airport on both ends of the flight and give you the confidence to take your disabled relative with you.
Summer time is a time to catch some relaxation. Getting help from family members or an in-home care service, can give you the downtime that you really need.