It’s that time of year again. Spring and summer, when families begin traveling. Sure, people travel all year round, but the vast majority of vacations take place during the summer months. That’s because children are usually off from school during July and most of August. For seniors who might be planning to travel or who have been relying on their adult child and family for support, staying safe doesn’t have to be compromised just because they want to travel with their loved ones.
Here are a few travel tips for seniors who need a little extra support and care in order to stay safe.
Travel Tip #1: Plan ahead.
Be clear about where you’re going. If you’re going somewhere in the U.S., there may be a home care agency in the area that can provide a caregiver for a week or two, however long that vacation is going to be.
For those family members who want to enjoy themselves but also want their elderly loved one with them, relying on home care aides can help everyone maximize their enjoyment of this vacation.
Travel Tip #2: Consider handicap accessible rooms.
When staying in a hotel or other similar facility, ask for a handicap accessible room if it’s needed. If the senior relies on grab bars when getting into and out of their shower at home, they can certainly benefit from having these in the hotel room.
Handicap accessible rooms are also beneficial for those who may rely on a walker, wheelchair, or even a cane to get around.
Travel Tip #3: Look for rest stops.
If driving, it’s a good idea to look at a map and determine where the rest stops are between the senior’s house and the destination. An elderly person may require more frequent stops to not just use the restroom facilities, but also stretch their legs.
If they ask to stop a lot, it can certainly be frustrating, but safety should always be the top priority.
Travel Tip #4: Call airlines for assistance.
Most airlines will provide some assistance for elderly and disabled passengers to help them get through terminals to their gate. These are usually provided on a first-come, first-served basis. That’s why it’s a good idea to call ahead and make arrangements with the airline you use to make sure your elderly loved one is not taxing their body and putting themselves at risk by walking for what could be a mile or more just to get to their gate.
If you are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Allentown, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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