Is your parent itching to get out of the house and take a trip away? Do they prefer day trips as a mini vacation versus a week-long trip away from home? Are they able to be mobile on their own or do they require assistance that will determine the type of trip you go on with them this summer. These are just a few questions to ask them as you create a summer “non-routine” different from your normal year.
There are many getaways you can take with your aging parent/s and the key to a successful trip is in the planning.
1.What kind of trip would your parents enjoy? Ask them! Whether by plane, train, cruise or road-trip, it is important to find out the interest level of your parents. Do they enjoy travel? Or would they rather take a day trip with you? In this discussion you can find out what they are comfortable doing and whether or not their physical limitations will have an affect on the trip.
2.Chose a method of travel that will give them and you the most comfort. Do they have back issues? Is so, chances are that a long plane trip may be too difficult for them.
3.Be sure to pack all of their medications needed for the duration of the trip. As well as personal items they need on a daily basis.
4.Do they have assistive devices that they can easily take with them such as a sleep apnea machine, walker or transport size wheelchair? If the device is more difficult to travel with plan ahead of time to rent the equipment at your destination.
5.Site seeing – whether you are planning to visit museums, go to shows, or visit amusement parks it is important to plan ahead for any needed handicap access. Maybe it is access to a show without standing in long lines….what ever the venue situation is, it is a good idea to call the venue before hand to plan for your arrival.
6.If your parent normally has in home care help, take the added stress and burden off of you and your parent and bring a caregiver with you or arrange for in home care at your destination.
7.If you really want to get away but feel overwhelmed by all of the planning, hire a care manager to help you with that first trip. They can find all of the resources you need at your destination and help you to prepare all the details of their care ahead of time.