Caregivers Traveling with Families
Are you thinking of traveling with your elderly loved one but worry if it’s the right decision? Many family members struggle with this choice fearing that the trip will be too overwhelming with all of the “what if’s”. Plans are often canceled, put on hold or family members feel they have no other option than to leave their elderly loved one behind. Hiring a professional caregiver can ease your travel anxieties allowing you to focus on enjoying your time together as a family without worrying about the care details.
Making travel possible
Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, a care provider can assist with as much or as little support as you and your loved one needs. Did dad have a recent injury making it difficult for him to get around safely? Does mom have dementia needing a travel companion to care for a wide range of needs throughout the entire trip? A care provider can put your mind at ease keeping your loved one safe and cared for all while providing companionship. In fact, your care provider can assist you with whatever is needed to help your trip run smoothly such as check in and ticketing or retrieving luggage from baggage claim.
What other services can be provided on our trip?
- Transferring in and out of vehicle/chair/bed
- Assistance with navigating through airport
- Assistance with luggage/baggage claim
- Medication management
- Guidance and help with walking or pushing wheelchair
- Assistance with other services needed
How do I choose the right caregiver for my family?
When it comes to hiring a traveling caregiver, be sure to choose a trusted provider with an extensive vetting process. Caregiving companies such as CareGivers.com will carefully select a caregiver in your area who can meet your specific traveling needs.
3 Tips for a smooth travel experience
- Give yourself more time than you think is needed. Just based on bathroom breaks alone, it’s better to give yourself extra time than feel rushed due to unexpected delays.
- Have important items handy. Keep a small organized bag accessible to hold your loved ones frequently used essentials. Choose a brightly colored bag if possible and attach tags with your name and contact information. Accidents can happen anywhere, make sure to include an extra change of comfortable clothing and an empty plastic bag for dirty/soiled clothing.
- Get the doctor’s approval. Make sure your loved one is cleared for travel before making any major plans.
If you are wanting to bring your elderly loved one to the next family celebration, vacation or other affair, just know you don’t need to go it alone. Find a trusted provider who can help keep your relative stay safe allowing you the time and freedom to make special memories together as a family.