One of the perks of retirement that many seniors enjoy is the ability to travel more. They can spend time with family and friends, visit new or beloved places, and enjoy a change of scenery. But traveling with aging parents can also require special travel considerations. If you’re looking to plan a family get away with seniors, here are a few tips to keep in mind that can make the process run more smoothly.
Keep Their Mobility in Mind
Does your loved one use a cane, walker, or wheelchair? Do they have difficulty navigating stairs or narrow spaces? Keep this in mind whether you are flying or driving. You may need to make special arrangements for assistance getting them onto or off of the flight, as well as stowing their assistive devices. The same goes for car travel. Do you have somewhere to put their wheelchair?
Mobility considerations also apply to wherever you are traveling. Do your research and make sure that the places you plan to visit are accessible. You don’t want to get to your next activity only to find that your aging parent is unable to walk up the stairs and there is no elevator.
Take Frequent Breaks
Give everyone the opportunity to stand up, stretch their legs, and use the restroom. Riding in the car can be hard on seniors’ backs and hips. Build time into your schedule for periodic stops and consider breaking up your travels so you’re not putting in a lot of hours in the car in one day. Pack plenty of water and snacks too.
Help Your Loved One Pack
Sometimes seniors have difficulty packing appropriately for the weather or remembering everything they’ll need. Work together to create a list and pick out some outfits that are appropriate for your destination and that they will be comfortable wearing. Bringing layers is always a good idea in case they get cold or hot.
Bring Any Medications
While packing, don’t forget to bring any medications your aging parent may be taking. Leave medications in their original packaging so there is no confusion about which pills are which, or when or how they should be taken. It is a good idea to keep a list of important medical information and emergency contact information as well.
Get Their Input
Make sure your loved one is involved in the planning process. Ask if there is anywhere they want to go, or things they want to see or do. Is there anything they are concerned about when it comes to your trip? You want to ensure that they are able to fully enjoy the trip as much as everyone else, so communication is key.
An in-home caregiver can help your senior prepare by assisting them with planning, packing, and making sure they have everything they need. A caregiver can also escort them on errands and outings around town and thinking of ideas for things they might like to do. Always Best Care partners with seniors on a wide range of daily activities as well as providing companionship so they can continue to age in place more safely and comfortably. Contact us at (855) 470-2273 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the benefits senior care can provide.