Home Care in Turnersville, NJ – Plan Ahead When Taking a Trip with Your Elderly Loved One
‘Spring Break’ is basically a term that was originally used to describe a period of time when college students would get a break from their classes, when the old, traditional trimester system had winter semesters ending and a week break before spring semester began. Today, anybody can take spring break and after a long, difficult winter it may not be such a bad idea.
For seniors, taking time away from home can be rejuvenating and can offer them tremendous opportunities and benefits. Any senior who requires some level of care at home needs to take some things into consideration when planning a trip away for the spring.
One of the most important has to do with travel. If the elderly individual is planning to fly, they may need extra assistance getting through the airport and onto the plane. Most airlines provide some type of services for seniors, and even disabled adults and children, but it is generally on a first-come, first-served basis.
Call ahead to make any arrangements necessary before the senior leaves the house. The sooner they call, the better it’s going to be. If they wait until they arrive at the ticket counter to check in, they could find that any carts or other transportation services throughout the airport, even to distant terminals, are already occupied. The same holds true of wheelchairs that are provided by some airlines.
Getting the right hotel and room is important for anyone with regard to comfort. Some people prefer to save as much money as possible on their hotel or motel accommodations, and as a result they sacrifice quality and amenities. If the senior requires some type of assistance getting around, it’s a good idea to make sure the tub or shower surround will have grab bars and that the toilet is not too low and also provides support for the senior getting onto and off of it.
It’s also important to consider how the senior will get to their room, especially if it’s a motel that doesn’t have an elevator or one that is easily accessible. Focus on facilities that have easy to reach elevators and rooms that are readily accessible for their particular physical limitations and requirements.
Where the senior goes should be entirely up to him or her. If they require assistance, they may need a family member or professional senior care service provider traveling with them. There are numerous caregivers that can make this trip as well, and the senior needs to be prepared to pay their airline, lodging, food, and other expenses along the way.
Spring break can be a time of rejuvenation, discovery, and just plain fun regardless of age.
For all of your home care needs in Turnersville, NJ and the surrounding areas call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 321-1500.