Posted on Nov 19, 2014
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for traveling, which means all kinds of issues can arise during the trip. The traveling can be made easier by preparing as much as possible in advance, this preparation is very useful when the travelers are seniors. Seniors should always travel with their medical information (check out http://otherwisehealthy.com/med-info-go/ for a handy, wallet size chart) and whatever medications they need for the duration of their trip, plus a few days extra.
If the travel will be by vehicle, have the route mapped out in advance. Print directions out or use a GPS/smartphone navigation service. Make sure the car has a full tank of gas, a roadside emergency kit and a medical emergency kit, plus some extra food and water. Check the local transportation department website the day before travel to see if there are any road closures that would necessitate route changes.
If flying, most airlines offer special accommodations for seniors. Arrange for a non-flying escort to help them to and from the gate or have an airline employee assist through the check in process. Seniors are usually allowed to board first and have an attendant help with their carry-on bags. A full service option would be to hire a company like PreferredTravelHelpers.com that takes care of the whole process and the traveler, from booking to arrival at travel destination. If family members are available, it can be a great alternative to have them fly with the senior(s) or at least get them to the airport and have another family member meet them at the destination.
With all the hustle and bustle of a holiday feast, a family may need help with an aged loved one just for the day. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo has caregivers available for the holidays to assist with transportation, eating/drinking, ambulation, hygiene and other needs of seniors. Feel free to give us a call to find out more about this service, assessments are always free of charge.
Call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. 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. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit www.seniorhelpers.com/sanluisobispo for more information.