Posted on Nov 10, 2015
Preparing for Thanksgiving Travels and In Home Help
The weather is getting cooler and the sun is setting earlier each day. With the fall season begins the start of holidays and the traveling that goes along with it. It is important to help a senior loved one to prepare for Thanksgiving travels.
There are many things to consider when traveling with a senior loved one. If your senior loved one is traveling with your family, you may want to consider having additional prescriptions ready and bringing along important medical information. Also, be sure to get approval from their physician if traveling a long distance. If there should ever be an emergency, it is very helpful to have your loved one’s physician phone number, prescription information, blood type and a list of any possible allergies.
If traveling by vehicle, it can be helpful to make frequent stops for stretching and rehydrating. Carry along a water bottle and remind your loved one to drink often. When flying, your loved one will benefit from frequently walking up and down the aisles to keep the blood flowing. It is also helpful to have all medications separated in a large clear bag for security check. Many airports also have expedited security clearance for elderly to help with the process. If traveling with a wheelchair, it can conveniently be gate checked so your loved one can board the plane as easily as possible.
More tips for preparing for Thanksgiving travels with a senior loved one include bringing along a blanket and extra clothing to add warmth when needed. It’s always easier to remove layers when warmer than to wish for more items when there’s a chill.
When planning for daily activities, remember that our elderly loved ones aren’t as energetic as the children might be. Schedule in some downtime so that your loved one can relax and regroup. Take breaks from touring spend some time to chat and enjoy each other. Build some memories made from laughter and storytelling. These are the most treasured part of being together.
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