WHO HAS NOT GONE ON VACATION WITH THEIR GRANDPARENTS? DEPENDING ON THEIR AGE AND HEALTH CONDITION, OFTEN YOU MUST TAKE SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN ORGANIZING YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH SENIOR PEOPLE.
Some elderly are not easy to include into activities with children of different ages; and in some cases, it is not good to expose them to sudden changes in routine. Therefore, the Chief Career in Technical Higher Education and Social Integration of the Elderly in the Universidad del Pacífico, Andrea Lobos, says that the first thing is to consider the elderly within family plans and decisions.
“It is important to give them the chance to give their opinion on the place that they would like to visit; that gives them a value of autonomy and sense of belonging,” she says.
Then, she argues that the best way to plan your holidays is to reach a consensus with all family members, choosing among everyone, both the place and the activities to be performed. “It is important to integrate activities for each family member, foster spending time together, and include proper rest and recreation,” adds Lobos.
In households where there is an independent senior as well as children of all ages, the specialist says that it is important coordinate the activities, places and tasks to do on vacation, involving the entire family. “It is advisable give tasks to the elderly, in that way they will feel useful, for example, splitting up the responsibilities of planning recreational activities by letting the grandparents what you do for the first two days of vacation, but then letting the grandchildren organize the activities or games for the next few days,” she suggests.
However, at times you must make special arrangements.
“It depends on the interests of each elderly and it is advisable to choose safe places where there is access to basic services and health centers. In addition to considering the appropriate implementation for each location, such as clothing, footwear, and bringing a first aid kit with frequent medication and having contact numbers of family members in case of an emergency,” advises Andrea Lobos.