I think we all can remember the vacations, or weekend trips that were spent with the people who mean the most to us. Family vacations are a great way to bond and create these everlasting memories. But, don’t say goodbye to a vacation, just because a family member is getting older. These trips are important, so here are a few tips to make traveling with an elderly loved one more enjoyable.
Talk to their doctor.
Especially if there are pre-existing health conditions or concerns. You’ll want to consult with your loved one’s health care professional to ensure it’s safe to travel. They may also have recommendations for traveling, including length of stay and activity level during the trip.
Consider accommodations ahead of time.
If your loved one has trouble walking or is in a wheelchair, you’ll want to ensure that the proper accommodations are made. For example, certain seats while traveling on an airplane may be more accessible. It can make all the difference to purchase a rental car that can easily fit a walker or wheel chair, if necessary. You’ll also want to ensure that your hotel or condo can accommodate the medical equipment your loved one may need.
Consider physical activity.
It may be wise, depending on the activity level of your loved one, to consider the amount of strenuous activities that you plan. For example, deep sea fishing may sound fun but, a dolphin tour may be more relaxed and easier for the whole family to enjoy.
Make sure to pack for the weather. If you are traveling somewhere warm bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. If it’s a cold destination be sure to bring hats, gloves, and handwarmers. No matter where you are it’s necessary to bring snacks and water, as well as their important medical information.
Remember to relax.
It’s important to remember that this is a vacation. One person shouldn’t spend all their time caregiving. You need to relax and unwind too. There are many ways to do so, for example an early morning yoga class. For more assistance, you could also consider hiring a travel companion. This person could be helpful if your loved one will need help with daily activities. A travel companion can help you and your loved one feel more comfortable.
Have you traveled with a loved one before? If so, what tips do you have to make the trip go smoothly?