Caregivers may often feel that life is on hold while they are responsible for the care of a loved one. Family gatherings and celebrations, such as weddings, reunions or graduations, may be difficult to attend with seniors who have Alzheimer’s or other health issues. Making travel arrangements, dealing with large crowds, driving to/spending time in new and unknown places, and enduring what are typically very long and busy days tend to make the efforts seem more exhausting than they are worth.
If caregivers wish to attend special events but think that attending with a loved one would be too much of a strain for both parties involved, some assisted living communities offer short-term stays, which may be a good option to consider. Another possibility: most home care agencies can also schedule caregivers on a short-term basis. You may also want to consider scheduling a home care worker or companion to join you at the event; this allows both the individual and the caregiver to attend the celebration but have sufficient help and support to make the day less stressful. Depending on your level of comfort and what arrangements you have made, the home care worker/companion may even be able to drive your loved one home should he/she wish to leave the gathering earlier.