As summer winds down, there’s still time for some trips to far-off (or not-so-far-off) places. Many home caregivers arrange for trips — some short, some long — with the loved ones that they take care of. One of the challenges for home caregivers in this situation is keeping their patients healthy while away from home.
With that in mind, the following tips may be helpful.
- Don’t be caught short. One of the bigger challenges that can happen while traveling is the need to refill a prescription which has unexpectedly run out. Home caregivers are advised to make sure they have an adequate supply of all their patient’s regular medications. But don’t stop with the prescriptions; be sure to pack over-the-counter meds they regularly use, and maybe bring along some other over-the-counter meds they normally don’t use. For example, have something for travel sickness, something for upset stomachs (in case new food doesn’t agree with them), something for sore feet from all that walking, etc. And if a loved one has incontinence issues, be sure to have plenty of supplies to meet those challenges.
- Schedule time to rest. Home caregivers know how much their patients can handle and need to plan trips accordingly. Make sure any busy days include time to rest for a while or take a nap if needed.
- Pack snacks. Whether going by car, plane, or train, most people usually need snacks of some sort. Rather than rely on the kind of unhealthy snacks typically found at the rest stop, pack some healthy snack bags that contain foods that you know your loved one will enjoy.
- Bring wipes. Traveling is fun, but it often puts people in contact with a lot of germs. Have a supply of wipes on hand for cleaning doorknobs, remote controls, or whatever else is a little “iffy.”
- Get sunshine. Often traveling involves being inside a big mechanical beast for hours on end. Once arrived at the destination, home caregivers should do what they can to ensure their loved ones get some fresh air and sunshine. Taking a nap in a comfortable chair in a hotel garden allows them both to rest and to get some all-important sunshine.
- Plan meals. Traveling often means eating “on the run” at whatever shop is nearby. Avoid this and help loved ones to eat healthy, nutritious meals that will help keep their energy up.
By making sure loved ones get proper rest and nutrition, home caregivers can help them stay healthy when they’re on a vacation.