You’re planning a vacation. You might simply be staying home for a staycation or heading to a vacation home to relax on the deck and catch up on reading. Your parents either don’t want to or cannot go with you. You also don’t want them struggling in your absence. Have you considered the benefits of senior care when you need to getaway?

If you are going away, your parents don’t have to struggle. If you simply need to plan in advance using these four tips.


Draw Up a Care Plan

You might have other family members stopping by. You may hire caregivers to provide care when you’re away. Either way, you need to have a care plan drawn up to make sure nothing gets overlooked.

Write up daily and weekly chores that you’re helping your parents complete. Talk to family and see if anyone is free to help out. If not, you’ll need to make arrangements with professional caregivers.

Don’t overlook tasks like medication reminders, appointment schedules, allergies, and dietary restrictions. It may be common knowledge to you and your parents, but a caregiver may not have any idea that there is an allergy or special diet.


Buy Needed Supplies Before You Go

Make sure prescription medications don’t need a refill. If your parents will run out while you’re away, have them refilled before you go. Stock up your parents’ groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to make sure they won’t have to go without or make a rushed trip to the store.

Talk It Over With Your Parents

Be clear with your parents so that they know you’re going away for a few days. Put it on their calendar so that they can’t forget. Reminders placed on the refrigerator and computer are also useful.

When you’re discussing your plans, make sure they know who to call for help. If you are having a professional caregiver help them out, give them the agency’s contact information. Give them your information so that they know where you’ll be and how to reach you if there’s an emergency.

Arrange Respite Care Services

Respite care is a temporary service where you have caregivers step in to help your parents when you are away. You can use the service now and then when you are taking a break, going on a business trip, or have an illness that requires you to rest at home. A senior care specialist can help you make arrangements.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Arroyo Grande, CA, please contact the friendly staff at San Luis Obispo Caregivers.
Call today: (805) 748-2614

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.