Summer vacations are something everyone looks forward to! Exploring new places, checking items off our bucket lists, leaving the worries of everyday life behind. And helping a senior loved one enjoy such a thrill makes it all the better. There will be, however, certain considerations to take into account that can help lead the way to an outstanding vacation with an older adult:
- Schedule a pre-trip physician visit. To be sure your older family member is physically prepared to comfortably handle the rigors of a lengthy car trip or air travel, and all that your intended destination has to offer, a check-up with the older adult’s health care provider is very important. You can use this opportunity to determine what prescription drugs he or she should take along, any sort of food restrictions to follow, and any other concerns or guidelines to consider.
- Keep your itinerary senior-friendly. Be sure to plan sufficient time for rest, and determine the top attractions you want to make a goal to see, with several other backup possibilities that may be added in if your older loved one’s endurance permits. It’s also helpful to research available amenities provided to senior citizens – motorized scooter and wheelchair rentals, accessible entrances and walkways, preferential seating and also early admission times, and so on.
- Plan for the unexpected. Store a directory of emergency contact phone numbers in your cell phone, and bring a printed list as well. It’s also helpful to determine the location of the closest hospital to where you’ll be lodging, together with other potentially required amenities such as restrooms and places to stop for food items, drinks, or some other supplies. Also be certain your loved one has an identification card with your name and mobile phone number included, just in case he/she happens to become separated from you.
- Relax and enjoy yourself! It’s natural to fall into a pattern of protection with our elderly loved ones, and of course we want to keep them safe; however, it’s best not to have the pendulum swing past the boundary as to be restrictive or patronizing. Allow sufficient opportunities for your elderly family member to express himself and explore to his heart’s content with openings such as, “What would you like to discover next?” or “Let’s give this a try!”
Did you realize North River Home Care in Boston provides accompaniment services to help make travel for seniors safer and more enjoyable, enabling family members to concentrate on simply experiencing quality time with each other and creating lasting memories? Give us a call at (781) 659-1366 to learn more!