Vacationing is a part of summer for many families. For many elderly adults, however, physical challenges, cognitive limitations, and other needs can make it difficult or even impossible for them to go along with you on your vacation. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t create memories together this summer. Creating a fun “staycation” for your senior gives them a change from their routine, boosts their mental and emotional health, and creates memories your family can enjoy together. This not only improves quality of life, but helps to bond your family and create lasting connections. You may even find that you enjoy this experience together so much it becomes a family tradition.
Let these ideas inspire you for ways to make a staycation fun for your parent:
- Pick a “destination.” Choose where your parent would like to “visit” and plan the staycation around that theme. This can be a place where they have already visited, such as a place you have enjoyed together before, or a “dream” destination.
- Try themed foods. Keep your theme going by trying foods that go with the destination your parent chose. If it’s a place you’ve been together, try to recreate foods you enjoy at that place. If it’s a new place, research foods from the area and try them.
- Plan activities. Most vacations are about enjoying experiences. Find ways to create fun experiences for your parent and the rest of your family to enjoy during the staycation. These can be games, a campfire, or even using technology to your advantage and watching online videos of rides from a theme park.
- Enjoy some pampering. Many vacations also include plenty of relaxation and pampering. Give your senior a little taste of this by planning some pampering right in their home. A manicure and pedicure, a hand massage, and even just resting with aromatherapy can feel luxurious and relaxing.
Staying active, enjoying more time away from the house, and participating in opportunities such as volunteering and participating in organizations and clubs are all ways to encourage your parent to maintain a higher quality of life. Starting elderly care for them can be a fantastic way to allow them to do more of these things on a regular basis. Your senior can take advantage of safe and reliable transportation, physical support and assistance, and companionship to keep them active, and support mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being as they age in place.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN PLANO, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.