It can be difficult to decide on the right way to care for your elderly loved one when you are going to take a vacation. You will need to consider several things like family dynamics, financial situations, and other people in the family unit.


You should also talk to your elderly loved ones about who they would like to care for them while you are away. Just remember, in some cases, you might not be able to meet your loved one’s wishes. However, together you should all be able to come up with a plan of action that will please everyone. You might also want to try following these tips to care for your elderly loved one while you are on vacation.

Find the Best Caregivers

Not all family caregivers have the ability to have other family members watch their elderly loved one while they are away. However, it is good to know that there are home care providers that can help with your loved one while you are gone. The home care provider can assist with grooming, meal preparation, household tasks, and much more. You won’t need to worry about your elderly loved one. You can enjoy your vacation knowing they are being cared for.

Communicating Regularly

Do you want to make sure your elderly loved one is getting the care they deserve while you are on vacation? If so, you should regularly communicate with them. It is a good idea to contact your elderly loved one about once a day. You can do this in many ways. Some of the ways you can do this include the following:

  • Email
  • Phone conversation
  • Text
  • Skype call

There are also many programs on the internet you can use to communicate with your elderly loved one. For instance, you and your loved one could use Zoom. This allows you to speak to each other and see each other at the same time.

Keeping a Care Notebook

A few months before you set off on your vacation, you should keep a care notebook. Write down everything that your loved one does each day. Some of the things you should record in your notebook include the following:

  • Your loved one’s medications (when they take each and in what dose)
  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Activities that your elderly loved one participates in
  • Foods your loved one enjoys
  • Foods your loved one hates


You should even try to record any television shows that your elderly loved one watches on a regular basis. It is important to write down even simple things such as what time your elderly loved one goes to bed. This way if you have a home care provider coming to care for your loved one while you’re away, they can give your loved one the best care.


It can be stressful trying to figure out how to care for your elderly loved one when you take a vacation. However, using these tips could help you reduce some of the stress.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elderly Care in Pismo Beach, CA, please contact the friendly staff at San Luis Obispo Caregivers.
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David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers
David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers

San Luis Obispo Caregivers was created in memory of my Grandfather, Tracy Gordon Wood II. My mission is to honor him by providing trustworthy, compassionate, and competitively priced caregiving services to seniors in my community. After 25 years in the financial industry and the decision to leave behind a successful 6-year position as the Chief Operating Officer of SESLOC Federal Credit Union, I created San Luis Obispo Home Care. This decision served my desire to make a difference and support the growing needs of seniors in my community. As my business grew and I leaned heavily on my financial background, I realized there was a much more cost-effective way to provide seniors with the care they deserve. This realization led to the creation of San Luis Obispo Caregivers, a referral agency and SLO Senior Placement, a free resource for families looking for independent or assisted living options for seniors. Ultimately, I listen, assess your situation and recommend various options that are available for your family.