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June 21, 2016

Keeping an Elderly Parent with Alzheimer’s Disease Safe While on Vacation

Elder Care Berwyn IL

Elder Care Berwyn IL

Going on vacation is something that is meaningful for many families during the summer months. If you are on a care journey with an elder parent who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease you may be worrying that you will not be able to enjoy these vacations like you used to before your parent’s diagnosis. This is especially true if your parent’s symptoms have progressed into the moderate or early advanced stages and they have develop potentially dangerous tendencies such as wandering. The thought of going through all that a vacation entails while also managing your loved one’s needs can seem daunting. You may have resigned yourself to the idea that your trips are no longer an option. This, however, does not have to be the case. With thorough planning, careful preparation, and a few special considerations, having fun on vacation and staying safe are something that your elder parent can absolutely still do with you and with the help of an elder care provider.

 Use these tips to keep your elderly parent with Alzheimer’s safe while on vacation: 

  • Make hotels aware. Get in touch with the hotels where you will be staying during your vacation and let them know that your parent has Alzheimer’s disease. Tell them about your parent’s challenges and request that a note is left at the front desk to inform you immediately if anyone sees your parent without you or an elder care provider.
  • Use wearable GPS. GPS allows you to monitor your parent’s movement and quickly identify where they are if they should wander. Look for a wearable device that connects with your phone so that you are able to follow their movements and find them more quickly no matter where you are. Some options are undetectable, such as GPS shoes. Others, such as bands, give your parent more interaction with the system. This is ideal for seniors who have just started their wandering tendencies. If they are lost and confused they can use an emergency button to contact you or emergency personnel.
  • Have an identification kit. Make sure that your parent carries proper identification with them at all times. You should also have a recent picture of your parent as well as a document with personal information such as their name, birthdate, and doctor contact information. This can aid authorities in finding your parent if they should wander.

The fact that you are caring for your aging elder parent and their symptoms are too advanced to enjoy a summer vacation with you does not mean that the rest of your family has to lose out on the trips that they look forward to every year. If your aging parent is not able to join the rest of your family on your summer vacation, a respite elder care provider can make it possible for you to travel with confidence. This elder home care services provider will step in and provide your parent the care, support, and assistance that they need throughout the time that you are away. This will help your parent to stay healthy, safe, and comfortable, and give you peace of mind so that you can enjoy your vacation and come back refreshed.

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home Elder Care Services in Berwyn IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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