Family Caregivers: Tips for Planning a Successful Outing

For caregivers, planning an outing for your loved one might seem daunting. However, with proper steps, outings can be less stressful and more fun for the one you are caring for. Outings are important as being outside and social are important aspects of life. We’ll outline some tips below.

Look into the Venue Before You Go: No matter where you plan on going, a restaurant, a park, a mall, make sure that they have facilities that meet your loved one’s needs. For example, if you are caring for someone wheelchair-bound, make sure the venue has access points for wheelchairs.

Preparation Makes a World of Difference: Prepare for many different potential obstacles. For example, if your loved one has medicines they need to take, pack the next dosage and take it with you. Even if you are planning on coming back before they need to take it. You never know if you will get held up. Pack an extra change of clothes in case of accidents or changes in weather as well.

Plan: Know what the weather is going to be like and know the person you care for. If they are more energetic in the mornings, then that would probably be the best time to have the outing.

Outings, when carefully planned, can be fun for the person receiving care. They will appreciate the planning and work going into it, and you’ll get the reward of seeing them smiling and having fun.

 

    TRACY SACRE, RN       

Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care

Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.

Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.

Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.

If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.