Whether you’re traveling to visit family or taking a well-earned break away from home, you may find yourself planning a trip with your senior relatives. While the age of travelers doesn’t make much difference to the level of enjoyment, senior travel can come with some unique challenges. Before a senior trip, it’s important to consider these safety precautions to ensure a enjoyable excursion.
Seniors often get into a routine, which can be difficult to break. They may also have special needs, especially if they reside in a senior living facility. Therefore, it is more important than ever to plan ahead. If your senior loved one suffers from a medical condition, you will need to know where hospitals or urgent care centers are located in the event of an emergency. In addition, you should have a set itinerary in place so your loved one will know what to expect during the course of the trip.
Making sure you have enough medication is easy enough when you’re staying close to home. However, if you will be traveling with a senior loved one who suffers from medical conditions and requires medication on a daily basis, it’s essential to make sure they carry enough. This is especially true if they are likely to need a refill while you are away. Talk to your loved one’s doctor about obtaining additional doses to ensure the patient is carrying enough to last throughout the trip, plus a few extra days just in case.
Regardless of whether you are flying or driving, there is certain documentation you will require for the trip. If you will require a passport, be sure to apply for one months in advance to ensure you receive it on time and aren’t left to stress about it. Before you leave, make copies of it. You should also pack multiple copies of driver’s licenses, insurance cards, tickets and your itinerary in case any of them become lost. Store several sets of copies in multiple safe locations. You may also want to purchase a calling card or prepaid cell phone to ensure you can keep in constant touch.
Senior travel often comes with unique restrictions you may not encounter during other travels. For instance, you may need to address certain dietary concerns. Make sure any place you are heading will be able to meet these restrictions or will allow you to bring in food for your loved one. This also goes for any special accommodations your senior family member may need for the hotel and any other activities you have planned.
A senior trip can be a great way to spend time together and give your loved one the social interaction they crave. However, before senior travel, it’s important to make sure you are fully prepared. The more preparation, the more likely everyone will enjoy it. You will be able to make memories that last a lifetime, especially for those seniors will one day leave behind.
If you’re planning a trip and need some advice, contact us. We can help guide you through the steps you should take to make the trip successful.