Traveling with our loved ones, especially older adults, can help us strengthen our bonds as well as promote and share fun and endearing moments that hardly occur in everyday life. In addition, spending time with family and having experiences that are not routine is beneficial to senior’s physical, mental, and emotional health.
When planning your next trip with your family’s seniors, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure everything goes smoothly.
- Talk to your doctor: First, have a conversation with your family doctor to find out how beneficial it is to travel or what precautions you should take.
- Be careful: Try to anticipate what could go wrong. For example, they will probably need to take extra clothes in case they have accidents and get the necessary things dirty. Take the list of medications with you so you can buy them in case they get lost. Find out if the airline can provide you with a wheelchair to avoid long walks at the airport.
- Consider their needs when planning your itinerary: It is important that older adults take their meals and medications at their own times, that they are not overwhelmed with more activities than they can handle, and that they have time to rest during the day. Keep these points in mind when determining the itinerary.
- Be prepared for any medical emergency: Take their medical insurance records, anything you think is important from their medical history and the phone number of your specialist. Even though the trip is supposed to be a time of rest and enjoyment, it is important that you have everything you need on hand just in case you need it.
Source: Texas Senior Living Locations