When you have a family member graduating from high school or college, your senior loved one wants to be there, too! Unfortunately, that loved one may need assistance in order to safely attend the event. By visiting the venue ahead of time, you can make the process easier and less stressful for everyone involved.
Find the Wheelchair Seating
If your loved one will need a wheelchair-accessible seat, make sure that you know where it will be. Graduation day can be busy and hectic, and some facilities have different entrances for wheelchair-bound visitors than they do for regular visitors. Fighting through the crowd with a wheelchair is a headache for everyone, so make sure you know where you need to go in order to get your loved one where they need to be with a minimum of effort. If you won't be taking advantage of wheelchair seating, go ahead and cast your eye over the available seats so you can choose the best one for your loved one.
Test the Air
Is the venue normally hot or cold? Talk with a staff member when you visit: if they tell you that it's warmer than average that day, but will likely be cold the day of the event, make sure you pack accordingly! Bring an extra layer or two for your senior loved one if they're likely to need it.
Find the Bathrooms
Many seniors don't get as much warning as they once did before they need to visit the bathroom. Whether they have to go before the ceremony or in the middle, it's important that you know where the nearest restroom is--and how to get them there in a wheelchair if necessary.
Check Out the Amenities
Is there water available for purchase at your graduation facility? What about snacks? If your senior loved one is likely to need these things mid-ceremony, make sure that they are either available for purchase or that you bring them with you in order to ensure the best possible day for your loved one.
Count the Stairs
Many seniors, even if they aren't wheelchair-bound, have trouble navigating stairs. Take a good look at your graduation event to see how many stairs there are. You don't have to literally count them, but you should have a good idea of how many stairs there are in the facility and your loved one's ability to navigate them.
Graduations are days for making memories with family and loved ones. At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!