Caring for Aging Parents While You're On A Holiday Trip

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Sharon Roth Maguire, a geriatric nurse practitioner and Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations for BrightStar Care®, put together a list of helpful suggestions to make sure everyone enjoys …

Sharon Roth Maguire, a geriatric nurse practitioner and Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations for BrightStar Care®, put together a list of helpful suggestions to make sure everyone enjoys a safe holiday season.

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  • 1. Caring for Aging Parents While Youre on a Holiday Trip
  • 2. With end of the year vacations, school breaks and closed offices, theholidays are often the perfect time for families to relax and travel.
  • 3. But those caring for an elderly family member have more to considerbesides locking the door or who will feed the cat. From prescriptionmedication monitoring and staying on top of doctors appointments towinter safety assessments, it’s crucial to ensure your loved ones areready to handle being alone during your vacation time.
  • 4. Sharon Roth Maguire, a geriatric nurse practitioner and Vice Presidentof Quality and Clinical Operations for BrightStar Care®, put together alist of helpful suggestions to make sure everyone enjoys a safe holidayseason.
  • 5. “Being a caregiver is often challenging and thankless work that can beboth emotionally and physically draining,” explains Maguire. “Whileevery caregiver deserves respite and relief during the holiday season,it’s important to make sure your loved ones are in good hands.”
  • 6. 1 Complete a Winter Safety AssessmentBefore leaving for a family vacation, make sure your loved one’s house is fitfor the brutal winter months. An assessment includes checking fire alarmsand monitoring home heating units. Several companies are equipped toensure homes are accessible and in tip-top shape for a safe winter.
  • 7. 2 Stay OrganizedJuggling medications, appointments and visiting schedules and can getoverwhelming! Utilize online tool, such as CareTogether.com, to organizebasic tasks related to your loved one. If you’re planning on leaving town,make sure the online scheduling and organization tool is prepared for yourreplacement. CareTogether allows everyone involved in the care process toaccess calendar appointments, health updates, and medicine schedulingfor the individual.
  • 8. 3 Hire an Elf http://www.brightstarcare.com/hire-an-elf/Staying on top of gift wrapping, getting to and from holiday events orsimply grocery shopping can be challenging with poor weather or busyschedules. The BrightStar Care Hire an Elf program is dedicated to takingaway some of the holiday stresses and allows individuals to hire a caregiveron an as-needed basis. Each BrightStar Care caregiver is trained to provide relief for those with the responsibility of caring for an elderly family member during the busiest time of the year.
  • 9. 4 CommunicateWhile it’s your time to relax, don’t leave your loved one in the dark. Takethe time to check-in and make sure everything is going smoothly at home.Ask if your loved one needs anything and make sure they’re staying on topof medications and any upcoming appointments.
  • 10. Find Quality Care Now Locate a BrightStar Near You!Find a location in the USFind a location in Canada