When you're caring for an aging parent or a senior loved one, you're in charge of both their physical and mental well-being, which makes attending the family reunion a must. This is the time for a senior to catch up with family members they haven't seen in a while and meet new grandchildren. Sometimes, attending the family reunion involves driving for a couple of hours or even staying in an unfamiliar location for a night or two. There are ways to make the trip or time away from home easier on your senior. Here are three ways to prep before a family reunion to make it easier for them.
Bring and Drink Plenty of Water
Whether you're on the road or having fun at the reunion, you want to make sure that your senior loved one drinks plenty of water and doesn't become dehydrated. All the hustle and bustle of traveling and visiting makes it easy to forget about water intake so set a schedule to make sure your aging parent is getting enough liquids.
Eating on a Schedule
For a senior loved one with cognitive issues, eating on a schedule is essential. As much as possible, enjoy meals at the same time that you do at home. Before leaving home, pack some plastic containers with your loved one's favorite meals or research restaurants that have comfort food that appeals to your senior.
Dress the Part
From an abundance of sunshine to a cold draft, you want your senior to dress for maximum comfort. Pack a variety of layers from short sleeve shirts to a sweater for colder locations. Layers allow you to add and remove clothing for comfort. Don't forget to pack sunscreen for outdoor locations.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!