How to Travel with Seniors
Going on a holiday can be a stressful time at best. But that stress can be doubly compounded if you’re vacationing with an elderly relative. Our elderly loved ones are just as deserving of a holiday as the rest of us, but it’s important not to forget that elderly people do have certain requirements which need to be attended to if they’re to get as much enjoyment out of a holiday as we hope they will. And whether these needs are simply to do with mobility or they’re of a more serious, medical nature, we should make sure to follow these simple tips to ensure the holiday goes off without a hitch.
Choosing the right accommodation is the most important part of planning a holiday with an elderly relative. Not only is access a priority, but your accommodation needs to be inviting and comfortable in case your relative is tired and needs to spend the day indoors relaxing. Some aspects of choosing holiday accommodation might be more specific; for example, does it have corridors wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, or is it close to a hospital or health provider in case of emergency?
Often, the best kinds of holiday accommodation we can select for our elderly relatives are those which enable the whole family to live in the same quarters and interact with each other as they would at home. Self-contained cottages are a good solution, especially if they’re self-catering.
Medical Care Provisions
If your elderly relative has a particular medical conditions which requires regular medication or monitoring, it’s best that you sit down and make a plan with them before you go away. In many cases, healthcare providers will be happy to advise relatives on the best precautions to take when travelling with an elderly relative who might need medical care or supervision. Ensure you make a plan for all medication, and take spares with you in a separate bag.
Finding Things to Do
Some of the activities you might want to do together will be out of the remit of an elderly relative, which can be especially difficult to manage if you have younger children with you. Make sure to plan a mixture of activities which both seniors and youngsters can enjoy. Remember to always phone ahead to see if places such as museums or castles have appropriate access for people with limited mobility.
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