Are you a caregiver who is dreaming of a vacation? Traveling with your loved one is possible. You might be tempted to put travel plans aside to remain close to your loved one, but you don’t have to. Taking time off to relax is important for your physical and mental health. It’s also a wonderful way to connect and create new memories together. All it takes is some foresight and planning.
Speak with your loved one’s physician
Talk with your loved one’s doctor about their ability to travel before you book your trip. Specifically, ask about:
Their medications and possible side effects
Bringing extra doses of medication in case of a delay coming home
Any specialized medical equipment they might need
Considerations for the area in which you want to travel (such as immunizations and climate)
Whether you need a medical certificate to travel with certain medications.
Plan to bring a few copies of all medical documentation, including medical cards, insurance and your physician’s contact information. Remember to save electronic photos of each on your phone, just in case.
It’s also a good idea to research the areas you’re visiting ahead of time to see if there are pharmacies, medical offices, hospitals or other amenities nearby.
Opt for accessibility
Before you book, check with the hotels, restaurants and attractions you plan to visit to ensure they have accessible features and can accommodate any dietary restrictions and needs. Consider working with a travel agent who specializes in travel for seniors, as they’ll have experience with accessible destinations.
Don’t forget to plan for transportation, too:
Will you need to take transit to get around and if so, is it accessible?
If you’re renting a car, will you need certain disability plates or permits?
What transportation is available to make getting around easier once you’re there?