Traveling during the holidays to see loved ones is a major priority for families all over the world. As your loved ones increase in age, so do the precautions you must take. Concerns over health, travel conditions, and finding the best accommodations often come to mind first. The planning, and changes in those plans, can cause stress, anxiety, as well as discomfort.
To overcome these hurdles, it’s best to have a plan that is organized and ensures the best possible experience for your loved ones. You must plan for health, accessibility, and their activities to ensure the best holiday trip with your loved ones.
Covering All Bases for Health
The first and most important step is to make sure that all medical conditions are addressed with an avenue for consistent care throughout your travels. This includes having all needed medications and being able to meet all needs for therapy and treatments.
Bringing just enough for the trip is unacceptable, especially in the event of delays or losing a dosage. In case of emergency, you should know where your nearest hospital is. Doctors and specialists will also need to be located.
Before booking it’s important to consult with a primary care physician about holiday travel plans. The doctor should be able to assess what needs will have to be met prior to taking the next drive or flight.
The sooner you can make your travel plans precise, the better it will be for your loved ones. The purpose is to provide as much peace of mind as possible. Spending hours on end in a car that is not spacious enough, or having connecting flights can be a nightmare for seniors.
It’s important to inquire about finding special service for seniors to make the trip more comfortable. Airlines, hotels, and even cruise liners will often have staff on hand to help provide for mobility issues.
While many facilities may have motorized scooters for public use, the best practice is to bring one that is reliable and available throughout all times of the day. Having to switch between using different ones, as well as a scooter that underperforms can create great hassle and discomfort when getting from place to place.
If you have special equipment such as a motorized mobility scooter, phone ahead to the places you’re going to go to ensure special accommodations for seniors. You should ask if your wheeled device can be stowed. The best time to do this would be at the time of the reservation.
To provide for the most comfort for your loved ones, consider upgrading your seats as well as your means of travel to provide for the utmost comfort. It will pay in the long run.
Traveling with your loved ones doesn’t have to be challenging or stressful, but it takes proper planning to ensure the health, comfort, and well-being of your senior companions. Making sure you consult with a medical practitioner, preferably the primary care physician of your loved ones, will provide peace of mind in knowing what to do should the unfortunate and unforeseeable should occur.
It’s important to plan as early and precise as you possible can to make it the best possible trip for your elder relatives.