While it can be hard to step away from the seniors we love the most, sometimes taking a few days away during the summer can have some unexpected benefits. While the benefits of a relaxing vacation are self-explanatory, there are some benefits you might not even think of about stepping away from the home where you visit and care for them day in and day out.
Being out of the home for a few days can help bring to light some things that you might not notice every day as you walk in and out of the home, up and down the stairs, or sit in the family room with your favorite senior. Here are just a few of those things.
Have you gone nose blind to the smells in your senior’s home? Often we are with our seniors so much, taking care of them and spending time in their homes that they don’t realize it might have a funky smell. Day in and day out, you walk into the home, and the smell might not even phase you. But take a few days or a week away, and when you step back into the home, that smell is going to grip you and make you realize that maybe something needs to be done about it.
Are the railings in your senior’s home getting loose without even noticing? As you trudge up and down the stairs or follow along behind your senior loved one, you may not even notice that they’re getting loose. Instead, you are just used to how they feel. Taking some time away can bring such problems to the forefront of your attention.
If you’ve gone somewhere really light and sunny, you might realize when you return to your favorite senior’s home that it’s kind of dark and dull inside. Maybe it’s time to open up the curtains or blinds to let the sunshine in. Just keep in mind that during the hottest parts of the day, you may want to close the blinds or shades back up again to keep the home cooler. Maybe it isn’t even the light of day that’s lacking in the home. Maybe it’s time to spruce up the home with some brighter colors or even some lights to brighten the place, even lighten spirits.
Is the same food in the refrigerator as was there when you left your senior loved one? You may not notice that they are eating less when you are with them each day. But seeing the same bunch of grapes or the untouched milk carton still in the refrigerator can bring to light the fact that your senior might be eating less. It also can alert you to foods they might not really enjoy. For example, without you setting zucchini in front of them to eat, they might not ever eat it because it just doesn’t appeal to them. Use this as a chance to see which foods might disappear faster than others when they are choosing their own foods to eat at each meal.
Are things getting forgotten? Is the mail unopened? Or are vitamins going untaken? Use this time away to take stock of things your senior loved one might be forgetting. It can give you an indication of how they are doing overall.