Summer vacations are something everyone looks forward to! Exploring new places, checking items off our bucket lists, leaving the worries of everyday life behind. And experiencing the thrills with a senior loved one by your side makes it even better. There can be, however, some special issues to keep in mind when traveling with seniors. These senior travel tips from Heaven at Home Senior Care’s Texas home care experts can help make your trip a success:
- Schedule a pre-trip doctor visit. To make certain your senior family member is physically able to comfortably manage the rigors of a long car ride or air travel, and all that the intended destination has to offer, a check-up with the senior’s medical professional is necessary. You can use this opportunity to verify what medications he or she should take along, any sort of dietary restrictions to adhere to, and any other concerns or tips to keep in mind.
- Keep the travel plan senior-friendly. Don’t forget to plan enough time for rest, and figure out the top sights that you might want to make a goal to see, with several other backup choices that can be added in if your elderly loved one’s stamina permits. It’s also helpful to research available amenities offered to older persons – motorized scooter and wheelchair rentals, accessible entryways and pathways, preferential seating or even early admission times, and so on.
- Plan for the unexpected. Keep a directory of emergency contact phone numbers in your mobile phone, and bring a printed list also. It’s also useful to determine the location of the closest hospital to where you’ll be lodging, as well as other potentially necessary amenities such as bathrooms and places to stop for meals, drinks, or different supplies. Also be sure your family member has an identification card with your name and mobile phone number included, in case he/she happens to become separated from you.
- Relax and enjoy yourself! It’s natural to fall into a pattern of protection with our senior loved ones, and of course we would like to keep them safe; however you should not let the pendulum swing too far as to be restrictive or patronizing. Allow plenty of opportunities for your older loved one to express himself and explore to his heart’s content with openings such as, “What do you want to discover next?” or “Let’s give this a try!”
Did you know Heaven at Home Senior Care of Denton, TX provides accompaniment services to help with older loved ones’ requirements while on a trip, making it possible for family members to concentrate on simply making the most of quality time together and making lasting memories? Call us to learn more!