Thoughts of holiday celebrations usually revolve around images of gathering with your family in your home, or a family member’s home, for special meals, activities, and time together. While this is a meaningful and moving thought, if you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult, it may not be an option any longer. Needing to fulfill your senior’s care needs can make it so considering staying in a hotel rather than with family may be a better option. It is important to consider which option would be more appropriate, more comfortable, and more practical for everyone involved so you can all look forward to a happy, fulfilling holiday celebration.
Some questions to ask when determining whether you should stay in a hotel or a family member’s home over Thanksgiving include:
- Does your family member feel comfortable with your parent’s challenges and needs?
- Is their home properly equipped to handle needs such as mobility problems that might keep your parent from being able to climb stairs to a bedroom?
- Is there a hotel in close proximity that would allow the family to enjoy time together easily?
- Is your parent comfortable receiving assistance and care in your family member’s home?
- Has your parent needed more quiet time or rest recently, and may benefit from being able to be away from the chaos that sometimes happens during the holidays?
- Are available hotels equipped to manage your parent’s needs, including having handicap access rooms if needed?
- Would you need to extend your stay before and beyond the holiday to take the stress of repeat travel off of your parent?
- Are there other family members available who may be able to assist you in giving your parent the care they need?
- Would it be possible to “divide” your family, so perhaps your children stay in your family member’s home, while you and your partner stay with your parent in the hotel?
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