Big changes are coming! The seasons are ready to switch from summer to fall, the sports games are switching to football, and our Sandwich Generation family is switching sides of the U.S. As a result, I've already got some new tips to help all of us involved in moving with elderly parents and/or young kids or grandkids.
Moves often involve staying at hotels and this was no exception. I was reminded of two concerns to share:
1. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS check the windows and door locks of your hotel room – and that of your elderly parents – as soon as you check in. I usually do but on this particular occasion I was on the run with several interruptions and just plain forgot. Later that night as I prepped for bed, I noticed the hotel's safetly checklist, scanned it, and was reminded to check the windows. I immediately headed for the curtains, pulled them back and – would you believe it! – the lock had been totally broken off!
I called the front desk and they came up quickly to check. Apologizing profusely, they moved me to a new room which I certainly appreciated. But, as tired as I was, I sure wish I'd checked sooner!
2. Don't forget to check the bathrooms as well. This is especially vital for unsteady seniors (not to mention young kids or grandkids). The hotel I stayed at was new and lovely and part of a chain I often use. I really like it BUT I was not happy when I almost slipped on their marble (?) bathroom floor when I stepped off the towel I had used as a bathmat. I then noticed the bathtub did NOT have a a no-slip surface OR a tub mat. I was OK but I am definitely going to be asking for disability rooms for my senior mom AND packing a bath mat on future trips. Falls can be especially traumatic for aging seniors and carrying a small mat in a plastic bag is an easy solution to a possible problem. For that matter, it can be a good safety precaution for our young kids and grandkids as well.
How about you? Any hotel tips for yong or old to share? We'd love to hear.
P.S. Keep checking back as I'll have plenty more tips and resources to help multigenerational caregivers who are in moving with OR in with senior parents! 🙂