Summer is practically here and vacations have been planned! This year, don’t forget the most important travel necessity – your aging loved ones!

Traveling with seniors is always fun, but it can sometimes be a challenge if families are not prepared. It is important to plan ahead to make the trip as smooth as possible. To help make traveling with your aging loved ones easier, we have put together a short to-do list to help you feel more comfortable with taking your aging loved ones on the road this summer.

Take Extra Time – When driving long distances, it is crucial to allow for extra time for frequent breaks so seniors can stretch and walk to avoid leg fatigue. When flying, plan ahead for cart transportation or longer connection times.

Hotel Accommodations – Depending on your senior’s needs, request a room or facility that is senior accessible. A first-floor room, wheelchair-friendly access, or an adjoining room may be easier for seniors who have disabilities.

Eat and Drink Well – It is important to keep seniors hydrated, especially when flying, and to eat regular meals to keep them feeling alert and energized.

Ask their Physician - Talk with your senior’s doctor to see what medication and supplies will be needed for travel to ensure better care for any emergencies. If traveling overseas, there may be certain vaccinations required before you leave. Remember to bring their insurance and prescription cards in case they need to see a doctor during the trip. Locate the nearest medical facilities to your location destination, just in case an emergency arises.

Pack Enough Medication(s) – Remember to pack plenty of regular medication to last the entire trip. Doctors may not be able to prescribe medication in other states over the phone and overseas locations may not carry the same medication.

From time to time, we have been asked to provide a caregiver to travel with a loved one when assistance is needed.   With proper planning and understanding of the care needs, we can accommodate families on their trip.   Senior Helpers of Des Moines hope you and your loved one have an opportunity to travel and enjoy summertime. 

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