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How to Take a Short Fall Break as a Caregiver


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By Shawn Turcotte
Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Daughter takes some time off to recharge while a caregiver take care of mom

More and more adult children are becoming part of the Sandwich Generation. This describes those people who must care for their parents while also raising their own children. If you have found yourself in this position, you realize the added stress of running between two sets of demands can be damaging to your health. You may find that finding time for vacations or short trips can be frustrating to schedule. Your kids or significant other may not understand why you cannot drop everything and hit the road for a long weekend away.

Stop the guilt and rebuild relationships when you make regular away time with your family. Enlist the assistance of family and an Alzheimer’s caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care, West Edmonton. Our highly-trained, passionate personal support workers (PSW) understand your need to refresh and rejuvenate for the sake of your health and your relationships. Let us step in and help you and your family through this sometimes trying season.

Take Advantage of a Family Trip this Fall – It’s Easy!

Pack your weekend bag, pile the kids into the car, and know that Mom or Dad will be fine while you are gone. These steps can help you get on your way to a quick fall getaway:

  1. Accept the Fact You Will Feel Guilty: You may believe you do not deserve to take a short trip. You may worry. It’s OK to feel guilty but try not to let it stop you from taking the break you need. Your family and your health will thank you. You will also be better for your parent when you get back.
  2. Plan Ahead: Once you have decided where you will head, start gathering relevant information that will help whoever is keeping an eye on Dad. This can include the hotel, doctor’s numbers, and medications and when to take them. Remember to write out Mom’s schedule to help her feel safe and comfortable. Put them all in one place to make it easier for the substitute caregiver to handle things.
  3. Enlist Family: Reach out to brothers, sisters, or cousins for help while you are away. It’s an excellent time for them to get extra time with their senior loved one. Your Mom or Dad will enjoy the special one-on-one time they get, as well.
  4. Hire a Professional Caregiver: Not everyone is lucky to have family and friends close by to help. But don’t let this stop you from taking your much-needed getaway. Hiring a professional caregiver is a great way to ensure your aged loved one is well taken care of. A personal support worker (PSW) can also help with personal care, meals and nutrition, and light household duties.

Prep for Your Next Trip Guilt-Free with a Professional Caregiver’s Support

Get away from it all and know your elderly parent is in good hands with a dementia care support helper from Home Instead Senior Care. We stand ready to lend a hand in the day-to-day, respite, and memory care for you and your family. We have many other resources to help your loved one stay in their home for as long as possible

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to request an in-home consultation. Don’t let Alzheimer’s or dementia caregiving duties affect your quality of life or your loved one’s comfort. Our personal support workers and staff are here to provide compassionate, quality in-home care for seniors in the Edmonton area.

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