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How to Travel Safely with an Elderly Relative

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on

During any trip, there is bound to be something you’ll forget. However, remembering any safety measures that need to be taken, especially if a senior is accompanying you on the trip, can help prevent unforeseen problems. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Grand Rapids senior home care, has a few tips for traveling safely with your elderly loved one.

Arrange for Special Accommodations

Be sure to contact airlines and hotels ahead of time to arrange for any unique accommodations your loved one may need, such as:

• A wheelchair or human assistance to help navigate security and board the plane
• An ADA accessible hotel room
• Special dietary needs

Pack Medications Properly

Your loved one might have to take medications at some point during the journey. Store all medications in their original containers, then place them in a one-quart Ziploc bag and keep the Ziploc in your loved one’s carry-on bag. Unidentified pill combinations in organizers will probably not clear security. You should also have copies of prescriptions with the pills and in your loved one’s checked baggage.

Schedule Medication Reminders

Simply packing the medications won’t be enough. Your loved one also needs to take them at the proper times for them to be effective. Make sure he or she has easy access to the pills and that create a schedule stating when each one should be taken. You can even pre program your loved one’s phone for reminders.

Prepare for Security Checkpoints

Airline security procedures may have changed since your loved one last traveled. Be sure to discuss the security process with him or her ahead of time to prevent confusion or frustration. Make sure your loved one is wearing easy-to-remove shoes since they will have to be removed as part of screening. He or she should also have documentation on hand for anything that may set off security alarms, such as knee implants and artificial hips.

Think About Comfort

It is important to remember seniors may need extra comfort while traveling. Try to incorporate the following into your travel plans:

• Frequent rest stops
• Meals and bedtimes as close to normal as possible
• Pack a light blanket and travel pillow

Your loved one deserves to be safe while traveling, but if he or she spends a great deal of time at home, safety measures can be just as crucial. For Grand Rapids hourly home care you can rely on, reach out to Home Care Assistance.Our caregivers can help with a variety of tasks to keep your loved one safe at home, including mobility assistance, medication reminders, and meal preparation. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our Care Managers at 616-243-0835 and schedule a free in-home consultation.