You need a break. You want to bring your parents on a trip, but you’re not sure it’s possible. They can’t walk fast. They get lost easily. How can you travel with aging parents without feeling stressed the entire time?
Book a Suite or Cottage
If you book a cottage or suite that has multiple bedrooms and one door, the chances of your parents wandering off alone are reduced. Set the locks and put yourself in the closest bedroom between the exit door and their bedroom.
With a suite or cottage, people have their own space too. Many have two or more bathrooms, so no one has to share. Privacy is maintained, but you’re all in one unit.
Look For Hotels and Resorts With Tours
You want time to yourself. You don’t want your parents going off on their own. Does the hotel or resort offer some guided tours? Sign your parent up for a tour and go off and do your own thing while they’re away.
Some establishments offer senior programs. Your parents will go on tours and join activities with others their age.
Consider a Cruise
You could also consider a cruise. Senior discounts can make this an all-inclusive way to travel. Cruise ships are ADA-compliant, so your parent’s mobility issues won’t matter. Plus, there are doctors on board if there is a medical issue.
With a cruise, there are activities geared towards children, young adults, and older adults. Everyone has activities that suit them, and you can also spend time together when you reach a port.
Ask for Flight Assistance
If you have a flight with connecting flights, it may be challenging to get your parent from one gate to another in time. If mobility issues are present, call the airline and ask for a wheelchair. Instead of walking slowly, you can push them to the next gate. You may need a note from your mom or dad’s doctor explaining why there is an issue with mobility.
Flight assistance can also be helpful if your parent has dementia. While you stand in line to check in, someone can sit with your parent and keep them from wandering off.
Respite Care Can Help
If you’re the main caregiver, it can seem hard to take a vacation without your parents. It is possible, however, with elder care services. Let caregivers help out with respite care. With this elder care service, caregivers take over for you when you’re away.
Your parents level of care doesn’t change, but you’re able to get away and relax. They still have rides to appointments, reminders for medication, and meals prepared for them. Call an agency to talk about your travel plans.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Greenwood, IN, please call the caring staff at Home Services Unlimited. Serving Greater Indianapolis Area. Call for Immediate Info & Assistance: (317) 471-0760
As a practicing Registered Nurse, Etelka was keenly aware of a void in quality patient care that could be provided in the home. She embarked upon a journey to develop a home health care agency that would exceed all expectations and become a trusted partner to physicians and patients.
A Distinguished Career From Nurse to Director of Nursing to President of Home Services Unlimited
Etelka’s distinguished career followed a logical progression to her position as President of Home Services Unlimited. She graduated as a nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Nursing (RN) in 1972 from Meshgorya University in the Ukraine, close to where she lived with her family. She married her husband Phil in 1973 and decided in 1977 that they would relocate to the United States to be closer to family and to come to this land of opportunity. With an eagerness to continue her budding career, Etelka sat for and passed her Boards in the U.S. in 1979.
A Love and Talent for Working with the Elderly
Etelka began her nursing career in the U.S. at Colonial Crest, now part of Golden Living, where she was the In-service Coordinator, the Director of Training and Education and Director of Nursing, a position she occupied for several years.
With a group of partners, she co-founded Adept Corporation, which operated group homes for the mentally challenged. The business was successful and in 1996, Etelka sold her share to return to her roots, caring for the elderly.
In January of 1997, Etelka opened Home Services Unlimited as a fully licensed business to provide home health care. In her quest to learn to do better for her patients, she had already obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in May of 1990 from the College of St. Francis. As President of Home Services Unlimited, Inc., Etelka guides the trusted, experienced care model Home Services Unlimited uses to continue providing excellent home health care.
Giving Back to the Community of Indianapolis
Volunteering for community services is a high priority for Etelka. Her memberships include the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Executive Women in Health Care and the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.
Etelka has also served on the Board of Directors with Hooverwood Home, a highly regarded geriatric facility, since 1997 and as the President for 2005-2006. Through her community work, she has received several awards and accolades, including the Nora McFarland award in 2002, from the Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.