Four Ways to Enjoy a Night Out Without Spending Money

Do you know what respite care is? If you’re a family caregiver, you should make yourself familiar with respite care. Many caregivers find themselves frustrated, sad, and even angry after days, weeks, and months of providing unpaid senior care.

Senior Care in Cascade MI: Ways to Enjoy a Night Out

Senior Care in Cascade MI: Ways to Enjoy a Night Out

Respite care involves bringing in another senior care professional to provide you with breaks. Your mom or dad is in good hands with that caregiver while you take a break. Even if you don’t feel that you need a break right now, the day will come that you just need that one break to have a night out with your kids, your significant other, or your friends.

One issue family caregivers struggle with is money. When you’re an unpaid caregiver, you often have to cut work hours or take on additional expenses to help your parents out. If money is an issue, you can still go out and have fun without having to spend money. Here are some ideas.

Check the Area for Free Concerts in the Park.

Many communities hold free events like concerts and outdoor movies in parks. You can bring a picnic and enjoy a night out without having to pay for more than the foods and drinks you bring.

Go on a Picnic.

Head to an area beach or park where there is no entry fee. Pack a picnic and enjoy a night out. Some parks have fire pits you can use. Light a fire to keep bugs away and add some warmth to the night air. Roast marshmallows and enjoy a relaxed night away.

Check for Free Museum Nights.

Many museums have one night a month where people can get in for free. You have to go after a certain hour, but there is no admission fee on these nights. You can explore the museum without paying a dime. There are also free nights like art walks and open mic events that are free and entertaining.

Take a Hike and Gaze at the Stars.

Sometimes, it’s helpful to remember you’re just a small part of a much bigger universe. Take a hike up a local hill or mountainside and watch the sunset. The stars from that height will seem almost close enough to touch. Make sure you bring the right equipment for the hike back down. You’ll want a flashlight, GPS tracker, and insect repellent.

Don’t you deserve a break? Ask us about respite care and the steps you need to take to arrange to have a caregiver take over every now and then.

If you or someone you know needs help with senior care in Cascade, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.