Valuable insights when traveling with elderly
The holidays have come to an end. It’s time for loved ones to go to respective homes in Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, and Brampton. Susan Lutz, project manager at AARP, was consulted to share her valuable insights and to help you select best option for the family when traveling with an elderly loved one.
Lutz reminds us that everybody travels, especially during this time of year. Many families are in situations where they need to be away from home for various reasons. With the help of booking flights online, you are able to easily book and board a plane.
However, as Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian describe in their article entitled “When it’s Time to Hit the Road,” planning a trip can become a serious logistical challenge, especially for families traveling with an elderly person. Read the full article http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/when-its-time-to-hit-the-road/?_r=0
As for travel, plan to make twice as many stops as usual and locate hospitals and care centers on your route and in your final destination ahead of time. Make sure to stay on a regular meal schedule so as not to throw off family members with cognitive impairment. Bring a deck of cards or some other activity that your loved one enjoys to promote mental stimulation and enjoyment.
Here are travel tips to enlist:
1. Double-check to make sure you have a sufficient supply of medications, and then some. Bring along contact information for doctors and insurance information, said Barbara Resnick, president of the American Geriatrics Society.
2. Make sure an elderly family member has your name and phone number somewhere always accessible — on a bracelet, for example — especially if cognitive impairment is an issue.
3. Bring food and drinks that your parent is familiar with, if it’s important to him or her. Familiar fare may not be available at the airport, on the road or elsewhere.
4. If flying, order a wheelchair even if the elder could get along without one, said Ms. Lutz. Having a wheelchair may reduce anxiety about navigating the airport. And at most airlines, a wheelchair also means priority boarding.
Before traveling with your parent, please consult with a doctor to ensure they are able. Medication planning is of the utmost importance when planning any trip away from home.
To learn more about caring for an elderly loved one contact CalaCare. We provide caregivers for people who need help at home. Please call us at 1-888-774-CALA (2252).