As your family grows and develops, its natural that you want to take them on vacation or traveling around to see the world. Travel holds so many benefits to an individual and as a parent you want your children to be able to see the world, experience different cultures, hear different languages, eat different foods, see amazing sights, and ultimately become a better, more passionate person because of the experiences you gave to them via travel. If you have the means to do it, it’s the one of the most valuable things you’ll be able to give to your children.
It gets complicated, however, if you have a elderly family members who are close to you or living with you that you would love to include on the festivities, but neither your pocketbook, nor their health, nor your patiences allows it to be something that can realistically happen. This means that you have to figure out how to have your elderly family member looked after while you’re gone, and that can often be easier said than done.
If you’re in this boat, here are some things you can do if you can’t travel with your elderly family members:
Put Them Up In A Healthy Home
As family members age, it can be hard to know how to relate to them or even engage with them in day to day life. Depending on how far along they are in their lives and where their minds and bodies are at, sometimes having them living with you or close to you is just like having another child to care for, but even harder. For people who want the best for their elderly loved ones, but know that their lifestyle can make them incapable of caring for them, assisted living might be a safe and responsible way to go.
If you want to travel, it is impossible to do that with a family member who wanders off at night, can’t remember where or who they are, or is in need of constant medical help. It’s going to be best that you find a healthy home environment to put them up in. Maybe it will be short-term while you’re away, maybe it will be long-term. The important part is that your loved one is looked after.
Call Up the Siblings
If a home isn’t a realistic option for you, this might be your time to exercise a bit of authority over your siblings. If you’re the child who is always tending to and looking after mom or dad, call them up, and make them pull a shift while you’re away traveling. It’s only fair. Your parents raised all of you, so it’s only fair that they take part in the watching after your folks on the other end.
This might take a bit of persuasion or persistence on your part to get them to oblige, but in the end, elderly family members are a responsibility the entire family must partake in. If you don’t trust one sibling can do the job, have others check in, but in the end, you have to let loose so that responsibility can be handled fairly among everybody.