7 Caregiver Tips for Traveling

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Are you a caregiver or do you have one in your life? Here are 7 tips for traveling, and covering all of your caregiving needs at Sam's Club #ad #ConquerInco

‘Tis the season to get away, right? Today we’re talking about travel – specifically as a caregiver.

As a young adult, I used to jump into my car with wild abandon – happy to drive north, south, east, and west. I think that’s the case with many people, but it gets harder as we get older, or if we’re sick, hurt, or with someone who requires care. Wanderlust hasn’t changed with kids – it just requires more thought now. As a mom, and as a daughter, granddaughter, niece, daughter-in-law, etc. For some people – MANY people – travel requires a LOT more thought than anything.

Luckily my tips include many ways to provide caregiving help for travel.

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As much as I am able-bodied right now, I’m always aware of how that can change – whether it takes years, or not. I’ve been a member of the sandwich generation for eight years now. My parents are in good health, but my mom lost both of her parents within the last five years, when both were over 100! My dad’s parents are in their 90’s, and require constant care. And my uncle is younger but has an illness in which we help to outfit our home to accommodate his needs. He needs help with many aspects of life, and it has changed the way we look at travel. It’s changed the way we look at EVERYTHING.

As caregivers to loved ones, we rely on a world that will give us the tools to help. We rely on products and services that give our loved ones the flexibility to live life with freedom. Luckily we find flexibility and freedom with Member’s Mark Total Protection products from Sam’s Club. These are a smarter choice for my family economically, and emotionally for us too.

There’s something at Sam’s Club for everyone, and for many people out there, this is everything. Year ago, when we had settled in western MA and I knew I was going to be a bit in-between everything – whether that’s with generations or geographical distance – I did the research. I wanted to know exactly where to go for myself, and my loved ones. After doing some research and spending some time there, I was happy to learn that Sam’s Club has products for personal care and caregiving needs, including pick up, subscription, and additional health and wellness services. It’s one-stop shopping for Caregiving. There are premium quality products at a great value, and many exclusive member benefits at Sam’s Club.

Here are our 7 Caregiver Tips For Traveling:

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1 – Have essentials on hand! If you’re going to be sitting in a plane, train, or car for extended periods, you want to be prepared. Pack light, layered clothes, seasonal needs, snacks, water, and necessary personal products. We buy Member’s Mark Total Protection products like Member’s Mark Total Protection Adult Briefs for Men & Women, Large. Sam’s Club will be the first retail store upgrading to these adjustable briefs. Their products are every bit as good or better than more expensive and more highly advertised brands. You can Conquer Inco with this amazing product – giving confidence to users. Adjustable side panels give a secure fit, and breathable material helps keep skin cool, dry and comfortable.

2 – Get doctor clearance and have important medical info on hand. You should have documents and medications, such as emergency contact info, a list of current meds/doses, food allergy information, physician information, and an ID bracelet for you and/or your loved one. Also you can label clothing and put important info in your loved one’s (and your) wallet.

3 – Plan your accommodations beforehand. If you’re renting a car, think about more easily accessible vehicles, and plan for wheelchairs, walkers, or other pieces of mobility equipment. If flying, request accessible seats. Also limit layovers and connections. Plan meals with dietary restrictions in mind, no matter how you’re traveling. Be in contact with your hotel for special needs in mind – like ramps, first level floors, elevators, etc.

4 – Stick to a routine whenever possible. Instead of staying with family, consider a hotel. Allow extra time for your loved one (and you) to feel comfortable in your new surroundings. Set realistic expectations about the trip.

5 – Outsource. Consider hiring a medical transport service if the situation calls for it. Plan caregiving shifts with other family members or friends, and consider bringing home health aides/nurses, or researching adult care centers.

6 – Communication is key. Before and every activity, tell your loved one where you’re going and what you’re doing in detail, but without overwhelming them.

7. Pace yourself and scale back. Build in extra time for frequent breaks. Don’t rush! Good luck.

Now, head on over to your nearest Sam’s Club to see all of the Member’s Mark Total Protection Products that they have to offer for you and your loved ones! And don’t forget to leave an online review when you visit Samsclub.com.

Happy Trails!

Guest Room Upgrade With Sam’s Club Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. All thoughts, opinions, and product love is 100% my own.

Are you renovating your home or getting ready for summer guests? Enjoy the quality of bed/bath products at Sam's Club and SamsClub.com AD #SummerHomeBySams

One of the biggest compliments we’ve ever gotten about our home is that it’s a “House of Respite and Relaxation.”

Honestly, that is EXACTLY what we’ve been going for all these years. I grew up as one of five kids, and even a six-bedroom-house was tight with so many family members. If we had house guests, one or two of us would give up our bedroom and have a sleepover with one or even all of our siblings. It was hectic and fun, and also a source of pride and competition. The “chosen one” to give up their bedroom would want to make it as welcoming as possible to our guest(s). What did that entail?

Extra blankets. Cozy lamps. Fresh air from the woods into an open window. A clean floor. Chocolates on the pillow!

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that I grew up to be an Innkeeper for a spell in San Francisco. I thrived on making our weary world-travelers as comfy as possible with memory foam mattress toppers and pillows, chocolate mints next to pillows, clean towels, and hot coffee on at nearly all hours of the day/night. We were catering to people from all around the world, and from many different time zones. I thrived on the task of providing pure comfort and quality for our guests.

I still do.

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I’m no longer an Innkeeper, but I do fancy myself a co-keeper of our hectic house – with our big families and our loving friends. Since three of us have summer birthdays, it seems like we are celebrating something – whether a summer holiday or a birthday – from now until September. Who am I kidding? This gig is year-round! I still love the little and big touches – and that’s why I go to Sam’s Club or SamsClub.com to find products that provide quality and comfort. Cassidy’s mom was our first houseguest to experience our snazzy guest bedroom makeover (with products from Sam’s Club) over the last week.

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It’s summer vacation time, and that means traveling loved ones! We went to Sam’s Club for a few reasons. Mainly, we wanted to give our guest room a makeover on a budget, but with items providing quality and comfort. It’s amazing how much our new sheets, cooling pillow toppers, and AMAZING and colorful towels have refreshed our spare bedroom space. We have finally created that guest room retreat we have always wanted – with our stamp of boldness and coziness. Our next goal is to refresh our master bedroom on a budget too. I’m excited by what we found through Sam’s Club.

1 – Dreamfinity™ Cooling Gel & Memory Foam Pillow and Dreamfinity™ 3” Cooling Memory Foam Mattress Topper. Boy, these are DREAMY. You can purchase them in-club or online. The mattress topper automatically makes any bed a new one! You can cool yourself to sleep with Gel Technology, and then wake up refreshed after getting a great night’s sleep. Dreamfinity™ is made in the USA and only available at Sam’s Club and SamsClub.com.

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2 – Member’s Mark 450-Thread-Count Sheet Set. These sheets are an exclusive product at Sam’s Club and SamsClub.com, and you can find the Extended 450 Thread Count collection at SamsClub.com. The sheets are wrinkle-free and have a quick-dry design. I bought a set that includes 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet and two pillowcases for a full-sized bed.

The fitted sheet fits up to a 16″ mattress.

3 – We also got three kinds of Member’s Mark Bath Towels! Member’s Mark Hotel Premier Collection 100% Cotton Luxury Bath Towels, Member’s Mark Hotel Premier Collection 100% Cotton Luxury Hand Towels, and Member’s Mark Hotel Premier Collection 100% Cotton Luxury Washcloths. These are GOOD. Personally, I love to wrap myself in a large, cushy towel.

You can purchase Member’s Mark Bath Towels in-club or online. They use a special “air rich” technology that ensures an ultra-soft, thick and amazingly absorbent towel. The towels have low linting properties and will hold together better than other towels. The color will not fade because the towels have special dyes that are resistant to benzoyl peroxide.

All in all, the first houseguest stay was a success! I’m really looking forward to giving other rooms in our house this same “budget makeover”, as well as having many more loved ones over to stay and enjoy our house of respite and relaxation.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club.