It’s been a long year. Travel plans got canceled during the pandemic, and many families had to stay home and find local, safe activities on their days off. You’re vaccinated and can travel again. You’re not sure if you should bring your parents or figure something else out. Here are tips as the family caregiver for summer travel.
Check Local Rules on Travel
As the nation comes out of the pandemic, travel rules are still changing. Make sure you know the current regulations in the area where you’re going. You may still need to wear a mask when you’re in a restaurant or store. Some stores and restaurants have their own rules, too. Be respectful of the store or restaurant owner’s wishes.
See if you’re required to have been vaccinated. If you’re heading out of the country, make sure you have all of the required vaccinations. For example, France is one of many countries asking for proof of an AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer vaccination. Children 11 or younger must submit a negative COVID test that’s no more than 48 hours (antigen) or 72 hours (PCR) old.
Some countries, such as Italy and the United Kingdom, still ask visitors to self-isolate for 10 days. If you’re only planning on being in the country for a week, it may put a damper on many of the activities you want to do. Rules change regularly, so it’s important to keep track of what different states and countries require.
Decide If Your Parents Will Join You and Consider Having a Caregiver Accompany You
You help your parents with daily activities of living. You cook their meals, help with housework, and drive them around. If you go away and they’re still at home, who is going to help them? Is it better to include them on your vacation?
What if you do decide to have them join you? Will you have to adjust your travel plans? It may be helpful to ask a home care agency if it’s possible to get a caregiver to travel with you. While you’re engaging in activities outside of your parents’ interests or abilities, the caregiver can take your parents on outings that interest them.
You may prefer to leave your parents at home. It’s possible to do that and make sure they’re not alone. With caregivers helping out, you know they’re safe and have all of their needs cared for in your absence.
Call our caregiver expert and ask about respite care services. While you go off on vacation, your parents have a professional caregiver to help out. Caregivers can take over for you until you return. When you do come back, you’ll be recharged and ready to help your parents again.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional Caregiver Services in Bernardsville NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today. Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.
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