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Taking Seniors In Your Care On Outings

Most people know what its like to be cooped up at home when there's a spell of wet weather. But imagine what it's like if you are confined to home, day after day. This is the problem facing many elderly people, especially if they are unable walk for themselves. The same four walls may well be the only environment they see for days on end. If you are a carer of such a person, it's important for both your sanity and the sanity of the person you are looking after, to try to get out and about. The thought of taking an elderly person on an outing can be daunting, but with a little forward planning, they can be fun, and a welcome break for both the carer and the cared for.

Preparing for a trip out with elderly people

Preparation is the key to any trip out. Unfortunately, a day out with an elderly person can never be spontaneous. Your first tasks must be to vet the activity to sure that it is suitable for the elderly person in you care. For example, you may need to consider the amount of walking involved, if the place you are going is flat or has hills to walk up, if there is wheelchair access, whether there is parking nearby, whether there are toilet facilities and whether there are chairs or benches available in case the elderly person needs a rest.

Suitable activities for elderly people

Suitable activities for elderly people include, taking walks in the local park or local area, shopping trips to indoor shopping centres, trips to seaside resorts where there are long, flat promenades, trips to the local pub or restaurant and so on. All of these activities give the elderly person a sense of independence and freedom, something that sadly old age often deprives people of.

What to take with you

Before leaving home, you need to make sure that you are prepared for anything. For example, you need to make sure you have all the medications needed. Always take an extended supply, just in case you are still out when a dose is due. Make sure that you have appropriate clothing. If the weather is likely to be cold, make sure you take some rugs with you. Also make sure you have something to eat and drink, just in case you get delayed somewhere. If this reminds you of what it is like to take children on days out, you are quite right.

A relaxing day out?

When you eventually get out the door, as a carer you won't be able to relax as much as the person in your care. You have to be constantly alert for hazards and problems that might occur. However, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. The person in your care will greatly enjoy and benefit from the change and you will also benefit from the something different.

If outings are not possible, you must make an extra effort to provide other stimulating activities for the elderly person in your care.

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