Travel can definitely be one of the most gratifying experiences in our lifetime, irrespective of whether the main aim is to visit the entire world or visit long distance family and friends. But when we travel with our loved ones who are aging, we may be subject to certain challenges which we never predict before going out for the trip. These are issues which won’t ever arise when we travel on our own. Our loved ones might not be mobile and might not even be able to walk without a wheelchair. Or they may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other heart issues and any of such diseases can make vacationing pretty tough, especially by place, cruise, ship or by car.
But thanks to the lightweight folding wheelchairs that have been invented by many companies that fulfilling the wish of your parents even with physical disabilities might become possible now. If you wish to plan a hassle-free vacation with your elders, here are some tips that you need to take into account.
Consult a doctor and ask for travel approval
The foremost step that you need to take is to ensure that your loved one is healthy enough and is cleared for travel by his personal health physician, especially when he is suffering from critical conditions related to Alzheimer’s disease. Also ensure that the destination that you chose is well-suited for your parent’s limitations and enquire the doctor about sharing some possible tips to care of your parents. Don’t forget to ask about the medications you need to carry.
Arrange special things for them way ahead of time
If you think your parents need a wheelchair at the airport, special seating in the disabled row or advanced boarding of the train or flight, talk to the airline personnel to ensure they’re available during arrival. Also be aware of the surgical implants due to which the metal detectors can set off and also wear shoes that can be easily removed.
Watch out for medical facilities nearby the destination you’re going to
In case you’ve planned to travel to an area which is totally unfamiliar to you, make sure you know about the nearby hospitals and health care centers so that you can prepare yourself for meeting emergencies since you’re being accompanied by elders. Also carry the contact details of your family physicians too so that you may immediately know what to do during some situation.
Pack essentials in a bag which can be easily accessed
Always remember to take the essential things in a bad that can be accessed easily. Have ample supply of medication, vital documents, phone numbers, favorite drinks or snacks, entertainment options, a travel pillow and many more such things. Keep these in a carry-on bag.
Therefore, if you’ve been wondering about how you could take your elderly parents out for a trip, you can take into account the above mentioned points. It is always better to stay on the safe side because they’re after all your parents.