When you're taking a senior loved one to an important graduation ceremony, it takes a little more preparation than going on your own. While you don't have to bring an entire suitcase with you along with your senior loved one, bringing the right things can make your outing safer and more enjoyable.
Your senior loved one may have medications that they need to take during or immediately after the ceremony. Make sure you know what they need to take, what time they're supposed to take it, and whether or not they need food to get it down. Also, make sure that you bring any emergency medications along with you and that you know how to administer them if necessary.
Hydration is critical for seniors--and many of them forget to drink throughout the day. Tucking a water bottle in your bag can help make your loved one much more comfortable. Not only that, it will make it easier for them to take those medications if needed!
Does your senior loved one have diabetes or other blood sugar issues? Taking along a few small snacks can make those issues easier to deal with.
4. A Blanket or Jacket
In big, busy venues, the air conditioner is often cranked up high during the ceremony. Unfortunately, that can leave your senior loved one shivering. Make sure you pack a blanket or jacket to help them adjust to the temperature change.
5. A Wheelchair
If your loved one has trouble walking long distances, a wheelchair is the ideal solution for graduation events. Even with a handicapped parking tag, you may still have to park some distance from the venue. Not only that, many graduation venues are quite large and require a great deal of walking to get to your seats. Bringing a wheelchair can also help you get preferred seating in some venues.
6. A Caregiver
If your loved one's medical issues are serious or you're concerned about leaving them alone at any point during the ceremony, bringing along a caregiver can provide peace of mind. A caregiver can also help administer medications or escort your loved one to the restroom during the ceremony if that's necessary.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!