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Essential Travel Tips for the Elderly

Essential Travel Tips for the Elderly

You don’t have to miss out on holidays just because you’re older, less mobile or have a disability or illness. Travelling is a wonderful experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.

With a little planning and preparation, even the most elderly, can enjoy a memorable holiday either here in the UK or overseas. To help ensure a safe and hassle free holiday we have put together our top tips for older adults travelling. It covers planning, pre-travel preparations and advice for a smooth journey. We hope you find our tips useful.

 

Planning

Choosing your location

When deciding on the location of your holiday think about what you’d like to do and see while you’re away. You also need to be realistic about your own capabilities. Chat to family, friends and your travel agent about your preferred locations and get their thoughts on whether the location is appropriate for you.

Choosing your accommodation
Choose accommodations that support your abilities and offers elderly friendly amenities. Look for ground floor rooms or places with lifts so you are not walking up and down stairs.Some hotels also have rooms with grab bars in bathrooms and wheelchair friendly facilities if you need them. It’s also worth getting accommodation that is close to places you want to see or otherwise have good public transport links.

 

Before Travel

Consult your doctor
Before embarking on any holiday, it's important to chat to your Doctor or healthcare professional about your plans. They know your medical history and can advise you on managing your pre-existing conditions while you’re travelling. They can also ensure you have enough medication for your trip and provide any necessary vaccinations.

Organise travel insurance
Book your travel insurance and ensure you have adequate cover for your trip. Read the policy carefully and check that you are covered for any pre-existing conditions as well as medical evacuations if needed. Some insurance companies specialise in elderly travel insurance and are experienced at dealing with seniors needs, so it’s definitely worth looking at these.

Medications and prescriptions
Ensure you have an ample supply of medications for your holiday, along with copies of your prescriptions, in case you need a refill while you are away. You should keep these in your carry-on bag just in case something should happen to your luggage.

Pack wisely
When packing for your holiday try to pack as lightly as possible. Ensure you pack appropriate and comfortable clothing and shoes, as well as any medical supplies that you need. Use a suitcase on wheels that is easy to use and manoeuvre and have a lightweight bag for taking onboard.

 

During Travel

Allow time
To avoid unnecessary stress, arrive at the airport or train station well ahead of departure time. This allows for any unexpected issues and gives you ample time to check-in, clear security, and find your gate or platform comfortably.

Stay hydrated and eat well
During your holiday make sure you drink plenty of water and eat foods that will keep you nourished and energised. Dehydration can exacerbate fatigue and other travel-related discomforts and eating certain foods may make you sick or feel tired.

Keep moving
If your travel involves extended periods of sitting, such a long flight or train journey, then ensure you regularly stretch, stand up and take short walks. This prevents discomfort and issues such as DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Choose an aisle seat if possible as this will allow to get up and move when you need to.

Pace yourself
It’s tempting to want to see and do everything in your holiday destination but this can lead to exhaustion and illness. Plan your activities and sightseeing at a leisurely pace, allowing time for breaks and rest. Quality experiences are better than the quantity of experiences, so take your time and enjoy.

Be cautious
While traveling, it's essential to stay vigilant. Keep your belongings secure, be aware of your surroundings, and avoid isolated or unfamiliar areas, especially at night. If needed, seek assistance from hotel staff or local authorities.

 

Travel Companionship with New Age Care

At New Age Care we believe that no matter what your circumstances, you should be able to go on and enjoy holidays. From a weekend away to a full-blown holiday abroad, New Age Care can assist you in making it happen!

At New Age Care, we will help you plan and organise your holiday so you don’t have to worry! We’ll make any bookings that need to be made, take care of any logistics and also ensure you have everything you need, including medications and special equipment.

We’ll also accompany you on your adventure, so you’ll have someone to share the experience with, and ensure that you have all the help and assistance you need while you’re away from home.

To find out more, visit our page Travel Companionship

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