Home Care in Tequesta FL
Your senior has booked her vacation, paid for her ticket, and the trip is now coming. She is living at home but receiving some level of home care. She is leaving in a week and you are worried she’ll never be ready in time. What can you do as a family member who loves her? Easy. Help her pack.
Believe it or not, packing can be one of the most stressful parts of any travel plan. Many seniors are unaware of all of the rules regarding what can or cannot be brought on board a plane and in what quantities.
- Toiletries. The first suggestion is, where possible, buy the “travel” sized bottles and put them in clear zipped quart-sized plastic bags where they can be taken out easily if your senior is flying as those must be separately scanned. Having an extended delay at security because your senior didn’t know about this rule can be both frustrating and frightening for seniors especially if they are traveling alone.
- Layers. This is the secret to packing success. Layers allow seniors to pack enough items for a few days and then stretch them out. So a couple of lightweight jackets or sweaters, a few blouses or tops, and a couple of wrinkle-free pants with a skirt if appropriate should be enough to last a week. Look for fabrics that don’t require dry cleaning and colors that can be matched multiple ways and encourage the senior to wear a third layered outfit with a heavier jacket for the plane. Obviously where they are going plays into the thickness of the layers required. And then ROLL them to pack them.
- Food and drink. While the airports do not allow filled water bottles to be brought through security, empty water bottles can be brought through in a carry on and filled inside the airport. Bring a snack that the senior can eat and some powdered drink mix so they don’t get dehydrated or have a drop in their blood sugar.
Finally, have her download a book or two onto whatever electronic device she decides to bring. Carrying an iPad or other similar tablet while traveling allows seniors to read at a comfortable font without having to carry heavy books.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care in Tequesta, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.