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Tips for Traveling with an Aging Loved One

By Carolina Orosa, 7:19 pm on

After retirement, senior adults often enjoy traveling; however, it is important to keep in mind that traveling can be challenging for those who struggle with health conditions or who may find prolonged sitting and standing to be uncomfortable. Vancouver Home Care Assistance presents some do’s and don’ts to consider for your next planned family travel adventure that will ensure everyone enjoys the trip.

  • Do schedule a pre-vacation checkup to rule out health conditions that could pose a problem during travel. Sitting down with a doctor or medical professional can also help you plan and rule out activities that your aging loved one cannot do during the trip
  • Don’t attempt to pack the schedule so much that your loved one is rushed. Keep their abilities in mind and know their limits. Pushing them too much will only make the trip more difficult for all travelers.
  • Do pack all medication in its original prescription container and include it in your carry-on luggage. This will ensure medication is taken on time and will not get lost in transit.
  • Don’t forget to pack enough medication to last for the duration of the trip. It’s even best to pack extra just in case of a flight delay or if some is misplaced.
  • Do reserve flights and other transportation that can accommodate special needs, such as mobility devices, and remember to inform the airline ahead of time so that they can be prepared.
  • Don’t forget to include a few comfort items, such as neck pillows, that can make traveling easier for seniors. Snacks and other items can also be packed to ensure that your aging loved one has everything they need in the airport and aboard the flight.
  • Do have your lodging reserved in advance so your loved one can settle in as quickly as possible upon arrival to your destination.
  • Don’t forget to request special accommodations if your aging loved one needs additional space for assisted walking devices or a wheelchair. Requesting handicap accessible rooms ahead of time better ensures your preferred room upon arrival at the hotel.
  • Do stay alert for potential dangers that could cause an injury such as dark walkways in hotels. Keep in mind that although your aging loved one can navigate their own home without much assistance, new environments can create new hazards that can increase the risk of falls or other injuries.
  • Don’t leave your senior loved one alone if they struggle with memory loss or dementia. If you are unable to be with your loved one at all times, consider traveling with a professional Alzheimer’s caregiver. Knowing a highly trained caregiver is always by your loved one’s side can provide you with peace of mind throughout your vacation.

By keeping these do’s and don’ts in mind, you can depart for your adventure knowing that you will enjoy your time with your loved one, while ensuring their safety and comfort. If you would like additional information about caregivers who can travel with you, click here or call 778-279-3634 to speak with a Care Manager directly.