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Summer Travel for Seniors and Affordable In Home Help

Summer is a highly traveled time of year for most people.  The weather is warmer and attractions are open for visitors.  As you may already know, traveling with an aging loved one can be a complicated at times.  It is important to keep our aging loved ones actively involved in family outings, including on vacations.  Traveling with an aging loved one does not have to be a stressful task.  If you plan ahead to keep your senior loved one comfortable and safe, you can enjoy your trip together and help them to remain active in your family life.

When traveling with an elderly loved one, it is important to remember to allow yourselves extra time when flying, taking a train, boat or bus.  Our aging loved ones tend to not to move as quickly and will need the assistance when boarding.  You may want to look your travel provider’s website or call ahead to see if there are any special services available for seniors.  When traveling by plane, bus or train, it may be best to reserve seats at the front so they won’t have to navigate through the small aisles.  If you are traveling by car, remember to take frequent bathroom breaks to allow them to stretch their legs and freshen up.

You may find that approaching the vacation plans with your aging loved one may help to alleviate any emotional anxiety they may feel about traveling.  Flight delays and cancellations stress the average person out and can be especially nerve wracking for your elderly loved one.  Bring along some cards or their favorite reading materials to help distract them from the commotion of the hustle and bustle of the airport. 
For aging loved ones who have waited for their golden years to travel, senior travel groups are great options that offer many benefits.   Senior travel clubs geared to the growing generation of 65 and older are becoming increasingly popular every day.   If your senior loved one is single or widowed, a travel club may offer opportunities they might not have otherwise had to meet others with a similar interest.  The socialization aspect of a senior traveling club is especially a bonus for single seniors.  The chance of meeting someone is greater when you travel with others to locations of similar interest.  Vacationing with a senior travel club offers an aging loved one a lot of freedom and safety when exploring.  There are many benefits to traveling as a group that in many cases outweigh going it alone. 

As we age, it is highly desired to live comfortably in a familiar home environment for as long as possible.  Staying in the community and remaining active are essential for a positive outlook on life and a better overall sense of wellbeing.  As our senior loved ones get older, it is can be more complicated to remain at home, but it doesn’t have to be impossible.  Senior care specialists from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara can bring peace of mind to family who are not able to visit on a regular basis.  In home help is another wonderful option for providing safety to an elderly loved one.  Highly trained and compassionate caregivers can be there on a weekly or daily basis to help out with household chores, assist with driving to appointments, and provide medication reminders.  A regular visitor is also great for providing stimulation and companionship.

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional in-home senior care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777!

In home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. When you and your family are considering the many options available to help your elderly loved one cope with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related disease, look to Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to make a customized care plan geared to their ability level.  Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara proudly offers in home senior care to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.  Services are available on a long- or short-term basis with no contract to sign and flexibility in scheduling.  Call 805-687-7777 today to learn more about productive activities to help your elderly loved one to find a sense of value and purpose in their life.