August is here and summer is going by fast! With the great San Diego weather making its appearance, the city seems like the perfect place to be, however, August also calls for passports, luggage, and a great trip with family and friends. Although traveling may seem difficult and somewhat scary as a caregiver, we encourage you to do so! And to help you out, here are some great tips to enjoy your vacation with those you love:
- Ask the doctor for clearance and for their own recommendations
- Try to bring along someone else, preferably someone your loved one recognizes and trusts
- Notify the airline and hotel about the situation ahead of time
- Bring important documents and useful contact numbers such as your physician’s
- Pack the proper attire for the weather (hats and sunscreen/jackets and scarves, etc.!)
- Pack extra medication
Once you arrive
- Try to stick to the routine they are used to having at home
- Allow plenty of time for everything
- Plan rest periods throughout the day
- Bring lots of water to stay hydrated, especially for hot weather
- Talk to your loved one about the plans for the day so they are never taken by surprise
- Be prepared to cut your trip short if necessary
Traveling as a caregiver may seem like a hassle, but, when planned thoroughly, it can be very fun for everyone! We encourage you to use this month to have some quality time with your loved one. If traveling seems too difficult for you, no need to worry! San Diego has a lot to offer in August – plan for a backyard get-together or a walk on the beach. Remember to always be mindful of the hot weather coming in, but go outside and enjoy the sunshine!
REACH Educational Program
Are you caring for someone with memory loss, Alzheimer’s or other dementia? Consider signing up for our REACH educational program. These free classes are led by our licensed clinical staff and offer in depth discussions on memory loss, community resources, improving communication skills, stress management and how to better care for yourself and the person receiving your care. Advanced registration is required.
For more information on the REACH educational program please call 1 (800) 827-1008.
If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, SCRC is here to help. Contact us for free resources at 858-268-4432.