Summer’s here and you want to go on a vacation. You like getting your parents out of the home. It’s a good time for them to bond with your kids. You also gain the benefit of getting to spend quality time with your parents.
The ideal vacation is what you hope for, but it’s not always the reality. Before you head out on a road trip, make sure you consider these factors.
How Long Can Your Parents Really Travel?
Wherever you’re heading, you need to make sure you’re not making your parents sit for too long. If your mom has arthritis in the knees or hips, sitting for hours in a car may be hard. You’ll need to stop every hour or so and allow her to get out and walk around for 10 or 15 minutes.
If your dad has issues with swelling or gout and is supposed to put his feet up, a long car ride may not be a great idea. He’ll need a way to recline and keep the swelling in his ankles and toes to a minimum.
What Are the Family’s Interests?
Your parents love history museums while your teens love arcades and beaches. You’re going to need a middle ground if you want everyone to be happy. Look for cities that offer a mix of activities. For example, if you head to a coastal city like Portland, Maine, there are beaches, but you also have museums, historic homes, and coastal walking trails.
If your parents want time to relax on the beach and your kids want amusement parks, a setting like Myrtle Beach, San Diego, or New York City may work well. While you’re deciding, make sure you’re picking a location that isn’t too far away. You don’t want to be on the road for days in order to reach your destination, so you’d have to fly or find somewhere closer.
Is It Time to Leave Your Parents Behind?
While you may dislike omitting anyone from travel plans, it could be time to plan a family vacation without your mom and dad. You could plan short day trips with them and a longer vacation with your kids.
While you’re away, home care services can take over and help your parents. Caregivers can take your parent’s shopping and can cook and serve meals. They can help with housework and provide companionship. Call a home care agency to discuss services and pricing in your parents’ town or city.