An article from Travel Channel by By: Meredith Rosenberg has great tips for traveling with the elderly. Following these suggestions can help provide a stress-free trip for the older person and the entire family.
- Consider stairs and walking distances. Know the layout of your hotel and check on the availability of a wheelchair. Check out, prior to your travel, on wheelchair availability and unique arrangements at the airline and tourist attractions.
- Medical – Know medical conditions, medications and prescription information, food necessities, and the travel insurance plan along with emergency options. Make sure the travel insurance plan includes medical coverage.
- Request assistance whenever it is available. Preboarding, wheelchair assistance, luggage transport, hotel arrangements and many other services are available. Use them.
- Research senior discounts on cruises, hotels, flights, restaurants.
- A cheap hotel may not be the best deal; stay where the action will be. Check with the hotel for special accommodations such as doctors and ADA compliance.
- Plan for downtime, bathroom stops, meals and transportation. Arrange for activities and care for all family members.
- Know special arrangements for the elderly at the airport regarding screening and medications and TSA procedures.
- Research childcare options if necessary.
- Choose a vacation with activities for all family members, such as cruises, all-inclusive resorts, or theme parks, beaches, resorts, or your own unique location.
Read “Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel” by Val Grubb. Check the author’s blog, “Travel with Aging Parents” or go to: http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/family/photos/traveling-with-senior-family-members for additional information.