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Useful Tips for Holiday Traveling with Your Senior Loved One

With senior support services, you can make holiday travel less stressful for your elderly loved one so they can enjoy spending time with the people they care about

Families in Wheat Ridge, CO and across the world are preparing to travel this holiday season. Many of them plan on traveling long distances, visiting loved ones and relatives they don’t get to see much during the rest of the year. As fun as holiday festivities are, spending hours on planes, cars or buses can be pretty exhausting, especially for seniors. Busy roads, traffic jams, hours spent at airports, shifting plans and searching for proper accommodation can often prove to be too much for aging adults to handle. This is why providing adequate senior support services when traveling over the holidays with a loved one should be your top priority.

For senior loved ones with memory concerns, the idea of traveling can seem even scarier. Cognitive conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can often cause frustration and anxiety when seniors have to change familiar settings or daily routines.

Holiday travel doesn’t come any easier for those family members providing senior support services and accompaniment to senior loved ones. However, there are effective ways to reduce travel stress and make holiday travel easier for both you and your elderly parent or relative. Here’s how.

Create a Plan

Always have a plan when traveling with senior family members. It might be a good idea to outline a schedule or itinerary and discuss it with your loved one before your journey. Sharing plans with your parent or relative helps minimize travel anxiety as it makes them feel included and prepared.

Get Organized

Help your loved one organize all the medications they will require while away from home and make sure to pack the medicine in an easily accessible place. Furthermore, remember to copy any documents that can come in handy in emergencies, such as medical records and prescription doses and schedules. This will help you prepare for any eventuality should your parent or relative need additional senior support services along the way. Getting well-organized for your upcoming journey will also give you peace of mind knowing your loved one will receive proper care should any difficulties occur.

Ask for Help

Prior to booking your tickets, make sure to inquire about special accommodations for elderly travelers. The majority of carriers offer priority boarding and special rows for disabled passengers. This is especially important if you are traveling with an elderly family member who uses wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility aids. You might also want to check whether hotels and restaurants where you’ll be staying offer special catering for seniors with dietary or other restrictions.

Take Your Time

Don’t forget to take your time with planning and organizing so everything can go as smoothly as possible. If your plans are rushed in any way, it can add up to your family member’s discomfort during the holiday trip. Be flexible and allow extra time for travel delays or other unpredictable holdups.

Providing senior support services while traveling with your parent or relative during the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. By taking the right steps, you can ensure a smooth journey for you and your loved one. We wish you and your family the best holiday season ever.

Visiting Angels of Denver is a leading provider of non-medical senior support services. To learn more about the in-home care provided by our staff of compassionate caregivers, please call our Wheat Ridge office at (303) 232-9999 or contact us for more information.

Visiting Angels proudly serves Arvada, Aurora, Denver, Glendale, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

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