Summer is a great time for families to take vacations together and visit each other. When caregivers plan family vacations for their loved ones to visit other family members, they should consider contacting family members in advance to share any relevant health information and physical challenges about their loved one. They should also consider making family members aware of their loved ones’ dietary requirements and daily routine, lodging needs including room temperature requests, discussing the types of activities their loved one can participate in, brainstorming a list of vacation activities that allow their loved ones to feel comfortable and safe, and finding the nearest location of an emergency room or urgent care provider in the area. Right before the trip, caregivers should contact their family members to provide any updates and review any important details.
Caregivers should also make sure they take good care of themselves during their summer vacation with loved ones. Below are a few tips.
- Rule #1: Take time to care for yourself. When you take time to care for yourself, you stay healthier, feel better about yourself, and have more energy and enthusiasm to give care to your loved one during your vacation.
- Rule #2: Exercise some during your day. Do yoga in the morning and evening before you go to bed for 10 to 15 minutes. Take a short walk. Use the stairs or climb the escalator when you are visiting public venues or using public transportation.
- Rule #3: Eat healthy meals while you are on the road traveling. Pack healthy snacks.
- Rule #4: Make sure you get enough sleep.
- Rule #5: Be sure to carve out time to do one more activities you enjoy during your vacation like reading a magazine or book, listening to music, watching a movie, or having a chat with a favorite family member.
- Rule #6: Have fun!
If you are a caregiver or have family members, friends, or colleagues who serves as caregivers, please encourage them to visit AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center. The web site has great articles and tips that caregivers can use to support their wellness journey as they care for their loved ones. FYI – When you travel, you can now access AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center on your iPad !
AARP is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are 50 and over turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security, and retirement planning.
Disclaimer: This blog post was written in support of Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.