The holidays present a host of opportunities for fun outings and an exciting change from a senior’s normal daily routine. Because seniors are often dependent on others for transportation, Partners in HealthCare encourages inviting a senior to attend a special outing this season with you. But first, it is important to make preparations in advance – the cardinal rule for a successful outing with a senior.
Spontaneity is not a good practice when including a senior in outings. First, you should vet the activity with the senior to ensure it is suitable for him or her. There are also several other considerations to take into account, including:
- How much walking is involved?
- Is there cover or shade if needed?
- Are there toilet facilities and where?
- Is there a place to rest and sit down?
Don’t forget to take along medication and something to eat and drink, and make sure the senior is wearing appropriate clothing for the temperature. When you prepare for the unexpected, it will help to keep a fun outing from being derailed.
Partners in Healthcare believes that providing enriching experiences for a senior is an important part of in-home caregiving. To find out more about our client-centered in-home care services in Orlando, Florida, call us at 407-788-9393. We will make a positive difference in the life of your loved one.
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