Traveling with the Elderly

Traveling with an elder member of the family can be an excruciating experience. But with a little and careful preparation, it can be a fun memorable trip for the whole family. If you are planning to travel with the elders in your family, here are some reminders to keep in mind

Consult a physician

The first and the most important thing to do before deciding on a vacation is to seek an advice from your family physician. Schedule an appointment and have the elders checked-up to know their basic health condition. This is crucial most especially if the elders have pre-existing health problems that may need extra care which may not be accessible to the place you will be visiting. Ask your family doctor for a travel clearance. Doing this will help you plan your travel itinerary better.

Prepare all medications beforehand

If older family members are under medication, be sure to have medicines ready in a carry-on bag. Be certain that all drugs comes in proper doses and are labeled. Moreover, bring an adequate amount and consider to bring an extra dose just in case unfortunate things happen. While traveling, you may want to set an alarm using your mobile phone to remind you regarding the time of medicine intake. This will prevent missed doses thereby avoiding the disruption of medication cycle.

Know where to seek help

Make a research about the place you will be visiting. Know the location of the nearest hospital and   other health facilities such as clinics or drugstores. You may also ask your travel agent or the hotel desk officer for such information. It will also be helpful to get your family doctor’s contact number just in case you need to consult something while on vacation.

Make them feel comfortable

One of the main reasons why people are taking a break is to relax. With this, everyone including the seniors must feel comfortable all throughout the vacation.  Decide to go on a place where your elderly family members will also enjoy. Choose to go on a place that does not require long drives or flights. If you will be staying at a hotel, reserve rooms on the first or lower levels. Most importantly, do not get to excited and neglect the seniors while taking the break. Be sure to make them feel that they are loved and are a vital part of the family.  

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