It’s the most wonderful time of the year to get out of the house and enjoy all of the holiday festivities happening in your area. However, when you are making plans for a yuletide outing and an aging loved one is involved, there are some extra steps you need to take. Our in-home nurses at Qualicare have provided some things to consider so you will have a successful holiday outing!
Have a Fun, Relaxed Outing by Bringing Along a Private Aide
Preparation is the key to a happy journey outside the home this holiday season. Therefore, before you leave your home, a private aide can help make sure that you have everything you and your loved one require in order to make the most of the day!
First, is there a chance that your loved one may be in need of a wheelchair? If so, you need to decide if you would rather bring one with you, or if your destination will have one available. Will the destination be mostly flat, or will there be hills and/or stairs? Will wheelchair access be available, or will there need to be modifications in your trip? These are all things to be considered before heading out if your loved one uses a wheelchair. You want your loved one to enjoy all the experience has to offer, regardless of limited mobility. Our private aides are there to help you make sure your trip can be a success and can help you think through all the details to make sure your loved one has a great day with you and the rest of the family.
Second, make sure to take along doses of your loved one’s medications in case your schedule gets derailed. You never know when a show might go longer than normal or when you might get stuck in traffic on the way home. Your private aide can ensure your loved one has the medications they need and can make sure they are able to take his or her medications at the correct time to help prevent any health issues.
Finally, you might want to bring some snacks with you, as well, in case your loved one becomes hungry or the outing takes longer than usual. If your loved one has diabetes, this is especially important. Your private aide can make sure to pack healthy, balanced snacks to help your loved one stay fueled and energized to enjoy the holiday outing.
Could you use an extra hand for your elderly loved one when taking some holiday trips out alone? Visit the Qualicare website today to learn how our in-home nurses can help care for your loved one like he or she is a part of our family.