Traveling with an elderly individual, especially one who requires any type of elder care can be challenging. Depending on the level of assistance that they may require, it isn’t likely going to be like planning a trip for the rest of the family.
If you are traveling by plane, then you should make certain accommodations. If you’re planning on staying at a hotel, then you’ll want to have a handicap accessible bathroom so that they have the proper grab bars and other safety features.
The following are some tips that you can use for quality elder care when you’re traveling with a senior.
1. Plan ahead. While it may sound like common sense advice, you would likely be surprised by how many people don’t plan properly for their trip. You should determine who will be traveling with your group, what accommodations that the travel company has for those elderly individuals in need, and whether you’ll be staying over somewhere on your trip.
While you may want to just get in the car and drive, stopping when you get tired, this could be a major challenge when traveling with an elderly loved one who requires help, bathroom breaks, or other amenities.
Plan ahead and be sure about what will be required.
2. Reserve special services. If you’re going to be flying, many airlines provide special services for those in need. This could include getting transportation through the airport to your terminal, getting seated first on the plane, and getting seated in special sections for convenience.
If you don’t reserve these services, you may find that when you get to the airport and book your seat assignment, they won’t have them available for you to use.
3. Pack carefully. You don’t need to bring everything in the elderly individual’s closet, but you should make sure that they are prepared for any type of weather, including hot days and cool nights.
You should pack the medications properly for security checks at the airport and know about whether there are laundry services where you’ll be staying in the event of a mishap.
4. Focus on safety and security. If the elderly individual will have traveler’s checks or money on them, they should be sure to keep that with them on their person at all times, even when on a plane or a bus.
Have someone meet them when they arrive, rather than expect them to call for a cab. If that’s not possible, consider hiring a professional limo company or driving service to take them where they will be going.
The more you plan regarding elder care and traveling, the safer and more enjoyable the trip will be.