Everyone looks forward to summer vacations! Leaving everyday worries behind, checking items off our bucket list, exploring new places. And helping a senior loved one enjoy such a thrill makes it all the better. There are, however, some issues to take into account that will help pave the way to a more successful vacation when traveling with elderly parents:
Plan a pre-trip doctor visit.
To ensure your older family member is physically able to comfortably cope with the rigors of a lengthy car ride or air travel, and all that your particular intended destination can provide, a check-up with the older adult’s physician is essential. Use this opportunity to confirm what medicines he or she should take along, any kind of dietary restrictions to adhere to, and any other concerns or tips to keep in mind.
Keep your travel plan senior-friendly.
Make sure you plan enough time for rest, and figure out the top places that you’d like to make a priority to see, with a few other backup possibilities that can be added in if your senior loved one’s tolerance allows. It’s also helpful to research available amenities provided to older persons – motorized scooter and wheelchair rentals, accessible entrances and walkways, preferential seating and also early admission times, etc.
Plan for the unexpected.
Save a directory of emergency contact numbers in your phone, and carry a printed list as well. It’s also useful to verify the location of the nearest hospital to where you’ll be lodging, as well as other possibly necessary amenities such as restrooms and spots to stop for food, refreshments, or different supplies. Additionally, be certain your family member has an identification card with your name and cell phone number listed, just in case he/she happens to become separated from you.
Relax and have fun!
It’s common to fall into a pattern of protection with our aging loved ones, and certainly we want to keep them safe; but take care not to let the pendulum swing too far as to be restrictive or patronizing. Allow plenty of chances for your elderly family member to express himself and investigate to his heart’s content with openings such as, “What would you like to see next?” or “Let’s give this a try!”
Did you realize Advanced Home Health Care of Iowa offers accompaniment services to help families who are caring for elderly parents, enabling them to focus on simply taking pleasure in quality time together and making lasting memories? Contact us at 800.791.7785 to learn more!