By Susan Yubas, founder of FYI Senior Living Solutions, Inc.
As we prepare for a trip with older members of our family, we want the plans we make to be as uncomplicated and stress free as possible. “Ha, ha,” you laugh. Travel is complicated and stressful on its own these days, let alone when you are traveling with an older adult who may be frail.
Here are some tips to ease the way:
- Review your travel plans with their personal physician so you know if there are any special needs you should be aware of and plan for in advance of your arrival.
- Make sure you know the health insurance company’s requirements for out of network or emergency care – sometimes a family definition of emergency is different from that of the insurer. Bring a copy of insurance cards with you on the trip.
- Bring a current medication list and medications in their original pharmacy bottles. Carry the medications with you – never pack them in checked luggage or in a place that you cannot get to easily.
- If an older adult has difficulty walking long distances or easily gets short of breath, arrange for a wheelchair. It is important that you do this well in advance of arrival at the airport as having the wheelchair available at curbside will allow you to navigate security and get to the gate more easily and safely.
- Familiarize yourself with available medical resources at your destination in advance.
- If you will be traveling quite a distance, you may want to consider travel insurance that includes medical transport and/or trained personnel to accompany you to a care destination should the need for urgent care arise.
- Be flexible with your schedule and enjoy your trip!
Susan Yubas is a Certified Senior Advisor and the founder of FYI Senior Living Solutions, Inc. She will help you articulate your goals,identify issues you may not have considered and direct you to appropriate professionals to help you implement what is needed.
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