How to Enjoy Your Summer with a Loved One in Need of Care

By Published On: June 21, 2024Categories: Uncategorized

How to Enjoy Your Summer with a Loved One in Need of Care

Summer is a time for relaxation, adventure, and creating lasting memories with family and friends. However, if you are a caregiver for a loved one, planning a vacation can feel overwhelming. You may worry about leaving them without the care they need or how they will manage in your absence. At Golden Harmony, we understand these concerns and are here to help you find the best solutions for respite care, senior activities, and travel arrangements so you can enjoy your summer break while ensuring your loved one receives the care they need!

What is Respite Care? 

Respite care provides temporary relief for primary caregivers, enabling you to take a much-needed break! Whether you need a few hours, a few days, or a longer period of time, respite care can offer the support you need to relax with peace of mind that your loved one is in good hands. We understand the concern of leaving your loved one without their necessary care, which is why we provide personalized care tailored to your specific needs. Whether it’s assistance with daily activities, companionship, or specialized care for any health condition. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered.

How to Plan Ahead

When arranging for respite care, planning ahead is crucial. Here are some steps to consider:

Step One: Assess your loved one’s needs. A thorough evaluation of their needs ensures the respite care provider can offer the appropriate support.

To get a comprehensive understanding, have answers to questions such as:

  • Medical Needs: What medications do they take, and at what times? Do they have any specific medical conditions that require special attention?
  • Daily Routines: What does a typical day look like for them? What activities do they enjoy doing, and do they have any specific routines they follow?
  • Dietary Preferences: Are there any dietary restrictions or preferences? What are their favorite meals or snacks?
  • Mobility Assistance: Do they need help with moving around the house or using assistive devices? Are there specific exercises or physical therapy routines they follow?
  • Social and Emotional Needs: Do they enjoy social activities or prefer quiet time? Are there particular hobbies or interests that bring them joy?
  • Personal Care: What level of assistance do they need with bathing, dressing, and grooming? Are there specific products or methods they prefer?
  • Communication: How do they prefer to communicate, and are there any speech or hearing issues to consider?

Step Two: Find the right provider. When choosing a care service, consider the following questions to ensure you find the right provider for your loved one:

  • What is the provider’s experience and training?
    • We offer a team skilled in managing a variety of health conditions and daily care needs, ensuring your loved one receives the best possible support.
  • Does the service prioritize personalized care?
    • We take the time to understand your loved one’s unique needs, preferences, and routines, so they feel comfortable and well-cared for.
  • How flexible are their services?
    • We offer flexible care options to accommodate your schedule and any special requirements your loved one might have.
  • What is the provider’s reputation within the community?
    • Look for reviews, testimonials, and references. We are proud of the positive feedback from our clients, reflecting our commitment to quality care.
  • How does the provider communicate with families?
    • Our caregivers keep detailed records of each visit and maintain open lines of communication with family members, so you’re always informed about your loved one’s well-being.

By asking these questions, you can choose a provider that embodies these qualities and can have peace of mind knowing your loved one is in capable and caring hands while you take a break this summer. 

Step Three: Have a trial run. Arrange a meeting with the caregiver to discuss your loved one’s routine and medical needs. This meeting can cover daily schedules, medication management, dietary preferences, and any specific care instructions. If possible, schedule a trial run before your vacation to ensure a smooth transition.

For example, if your loved one enjoys morning walks, coordinate a time for the caregiver to join them for a walk. This not only helps the caregiver become familiar with the routine but also allows your loved one to build trust and comfort with the caregiver. Additionally, you can schedule the caregiver to assist with meal preparation and medication administration during the trial run to observe their proficiency and ensure they understand all aspects of care. This practice run can highlight any adjustments needed, ensuring everything goes smoothly during your absence.

How to Make the Most of Support Services While Staying Connected

If you simply need assistance while you take a break, we provide services that extend beyond transportation:

  • Doctor’s Appointment Support: We can take notes during doctor’s appointments, get instructions, and report back to family members.
  • Personalized Care: We ensure that your loved one’s specific needs are met, including help with daily activities and companionship.
  • Independence: Our services are designed to help seniors maintain their independence and enjoy a high quality of life.

Maintaining communication with your loved one while you are away is essential:

  • Regular Check-ins: Schedule regular phone or video calls.
  • Updates from Caregivers: Request regular updates from the respite care provider.
  • Emergency Contacts: Ensure the caregiver has a list of emergency contacts and medical information.

Staying Home?

Don’t fret! If you’re looking for things to do while staying in town with your loved one, Raleigh offers a variety of activities for you to enjoy together safely. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

  • Visit Pullen Park: This beautiful park offers accessible walking trails, a historic carousel, and plenty of shaded areas for relaxation.
  • Explore the North Carolina Museum of Art: Seniors can enjoy strolling through the museum’s galleries and outdoor park, which features sculptures and gardens.
  • Join Programs at Local Senior Centers: Raleigh’s senior centers offer a variety of activities, including exercise classes, arts and crafts, and social events.
  • Gardening at the JC Raulston Arboretum: This botanical garden offers accessible paths and gardening programs suitable for seniors.
  • Attend Events at the North Carolina Museum of History: Seniors can participate in special programs and tours tailored for older adults.

We’re here to help you find the best solutions for respite care, local activities, and ensuring your loved one’s needs are met this summer. Whether it’s through our comprehensive respite care services or by exploring the wonderful activities Raleigh has to offer, we aim to make your summer as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.


Enjoy this season and contact us today to learn more about how we can support you and your loved ones this summer.