Retirement is a time for many older people to enjoy many of the things they did not have time for when fully employed. However, limited mobility or cognitive disorders can make travel a challenge. Here are some things Wallingford live-in caregivers should consider to make travel easier for seniors.
1. Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance reimburses travelers if they have to cancel for any number of reasons including illness or other emergencies. As seniors may tend to have more illnesses that could interrupt travel plans, this is a wise investment. The policy can also cover emergency medical and dental care while traveling.
2. Travel Tips for Airlines
Airports have some services that can help those with limited mobility. You can reserve a wheelchair or motorized cart for your loved one, which will pick him or her up at curbside and take your loved one to the gate. Some smaller regional airports do not usually have jet ways, meaning your loved one may have to walk down the steps to get off the plane. Ask the airline if assistance is available to help.
3. Choose Cruises Carefully
Sometimes cruise lines use smaller boats called tenders to transport passengers from the ship to the shore. Cruise lines may not allow wheelchairs or walkers on tender boats for safety reasons. Some popular ports such as Cozumel, Mexico and Catalina Island, California are examples of ports that use tenders. Do your research to verify your loved one’s limitations on cruises.
4. Hotel and Motel Rooms
If your loved one has difficulty climbing stairs, be sure to ask for a room on the ground floor. Check the floor layout online when making your reservations. For hotels, book rooms near the elevator for easier passage to your room.
5. Get a Doctor’s Approval
Check with your loved one’s doctor four to six weeks prior to your trip. This will allow time for a complete checkup, vaccinations if needed, and refills for medications. Be sure to take prescriptions with generic names of medicines your loved one is taking.
Your loved one’s doctor may recommend supervision from a trusted Wallingford senior care provider like Home Care Assistance to help make the transition easier. Our dedicated caregivers are available 24/7 to help seniors manage activities of daily life regardless of physical and cognitive limitations. Learn more about our flexible live-in and hourly services today by calling 203-444-8575 to schedule a free consultation.