Since her lifelong companion is no longer around, you usually take your Mom on family vacations. However, this time, you have decided to bond with your spouse and children alone. It will be hard to let your dear one know she won't be able to join you on this trip. But keeping these 4 things in mind can help things go a little more smoothly.
- Assure her that you love her dearly and will miss her. Explain the reasons you're taking this particular vacation without her. And make it clear that there will be more opportunities for you to get away together.
- Give her the details of your trip. Let her know the exact dates you'll be away as well as how she can get in touch with you. If she won't be able to reach you because of your itinerary, such as being on a cruise, make sure she has an emergency contact list.
- Discuss daily tasks that you would normally help her with or remind her about. Go over her medication regimen, make sure she has enough stock and refills. Talk to her about eating properly while you're away, writing down a grocery list and making arrangements for a ride to the supermarket, if necessary.
- Remember that Caring Senior Service offers respite care. We can look after your dear Mom while you're away. Our providers can help with personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, and much more.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!