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Tips for Traveling with Elderly Loved Ones

Tips for Traveling with Elderly Loved Ones

Traveling with mom, dad or another elderly loved one isn’t a straightforward endeavor, especially during the holidays or when you’re covering considerable distances. There are important things to consider, including medications, clothing and plans for emergencies. If you cover these points effectively, your trip will be more enjoyable and comfortable for everyone involved.

Remember Medications

Some elderly loved ones have serious medical conditions that prohibit them from traveling because of medications or the fragility of their condition. Checking with a loved one’s physician about the suitability of travel is a must for preventing an accident or medical emergency. Also, make sure the loved one’s medications are in order. If a refill of a prescription is needed, it’s best to get that taken care of before you hit the road.

Pack Appropriately

When traveling with seniors during the holidays, take care to pack warm clothing. Whether it’s sweaters, thick socks or an extra jacket, make sure that you have all the essentials. Hypothermia, pneumonia and other illnesses are often attributable to exposure can make life difficult for seniors, and part of the defense against these conditions is effective clothing. It’s also important, though, not to pack too much. Lugging around a ton of extra clothing can make traveling difficult for you and your loved one. Too much stuff always complicates things. That’s why packing appropriately is a subjective exercise.

When traveling with seniors during the holidays, take care to pack warm clothing. Whether it’s sweaters, thick socks or an extra jacket, make sure that you have all the essentials.

Plan for Emergencies

It's not pleasant to think about, but it’s important to always plan for a possible emergency. By doing this, you can save valuable time if an actual issue occurs, which can quite literally save someone’s life. Keep a kit of equipment or specific medications only used during times of crisis to make sure you have the right tools on hand. 

Stay Comfortable

Whether it’s a blanket, a cushion or a pillow, making sure that your loved one has everything he or she needs to remain comfortable on the trip is important. If you’re loved one has a hard time sitting for extended periods of time, then it’s important to take regular breaks while traveling, especially if you’re driving a great distances.  

Making sure your aging relatives are comfortable during travel doesn't have to be difficult. Taking these simple steps can make a world of difference. Start working on your travel plans now so that you're 100 percent prepared when the holidays get here. For additional information on traveling with seniors or the care of loved ones, please contact us today.