Is Your Vehicle Safe for a Road Trip with Your Loved One?
Hitting the road for a road trip is a classic summertime activity for families and a wonderful way to make memories with your loved ones. As a family caregiver, this type of getaway is a fantastic opportunity for all of the generations of your family to spend quality time together. Before you head out, however, you want to make sure that your vehicle is prepared to handle the trip and to keep your family safe throughout your travels. While there are considerations that all families should keep in mind when planning for the safety of your road trip, as a family caregiver, there are additional thoughts that you will need to consider.
Some things to keep in mind when considering if your vehicle is safe for a road trip with your loved one include:
• Basic maintenance. If you are a vehicle owner who tends to keep up with your vehicle maintenance, it is likely that your vehicle is in good condition. If you have not followed through with this type of schedule or you have recently acquired a used vehicle and do not know about the maintenance schedule, consider visiting a mechanic for a checkup to ensure the basic elements of the vehicle are working well.
• Replace tires. Check your tires and make sure that there is enough tread on them. This not only ensures that the tires will maintain good grip on the road and improve control of the vehicle, but can also help to reduce gas usage with less drag.
• Consider the size. Particularly if you are traveling for a long distance with an aging adult, the size of a vehicle can make a tremendous difference in the safety and comfort of a road trip. Make sure that your vehicle is large enough to accommodate all of the luggage that your family needs to bring without crowding your passengers. You want to make sure that your senior is able to move slightly and adjust their position easily and comfortably, and that nothing is pressing on them or at risk of falling on them during the trip.
• Keep an emergency kit. A critical piece of luggage for any road trip is an emergency kit. This should include items that you might need to help you manage an emergency when on the road. This includes additional fluids for the vehicle, jumper cables, a tool kit, a first aid kit, food and water, towels, and flares as well as other items as your family might need.
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your elderly loved one’s quality of life and feel confident that they are getting everything that they need as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule that ensures that they get the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need, when they need it, but that you are also able to continue to give them everything that you can. The highly personalized services of a senior care provider help your elderly loved one to manage their needs and challenges while also supporting them in maintain as much activity, engagement, and independence as they age in place. Helping them to find activities that they enjoy, giving them companionship and emotional support, assisting with their personal care tasks, and encouraging them to stay active in the world around them can help your parent to find greater fulfillment, health, and well-being throughout their later years. If you are considering a getaway with your family that will not include your parent, respite care can make a tremendous difference in your peace of mind knowing that they are getting all of the care that they need while you are gone.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering senior care in Mission Viejo, CA, please contact the caring staff at In Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 239-0488 to speak with our caring staff.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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