Even though June is halfway over, that doesn’t mean that all of the graduations, celebrations, and fun are over yet. In fact, because summer is just beginning, that means it’s time to think about traveling, especially if you have a loved one who relies on elder care.
Some things to consider when it comes to traveling.
For the senior who may require assistance while traveling, either you, the family member, or a professional caregiver, may need to travel with them. This is true whether the elderly individual is traveling by plane, train, or other form of public transportation.
If the senior is planning on driving, or having someone drive them, it may be easier to stop for emergencies, such as a bathroom break or other situation. For other types of travel, you should consider having a caregiver travel with them if your loved one:
- Requires non medical assistance
- Has trouble with his or her mobility
- Has any form of dementia or memory issues
- Has a disability that requires assistance to get around
Who pays for the caregiver?
If your elderly loved one requires the assistance of a caregiver while traveling, it is the responsibility of the client (your elderly loved one or you, whoever generally pays for their care) to pay for the caregiver. This will include airfare and accommodations.
If you are going to have your elderly loved one stay with you, make sure that you either have a place for the caregiver to stay that is adequately comfortable for him or her, or that you pay for a comfortable hotel or motel room close by. If your loved one will need transportation during their time with you, make sure that either you are able to drive them and the caregiver where they need to go or that you supply or fund a rental car for the caregiver.
Other travel considerations for elder care.
It’s a good idea to contact the airlines or train service prior to securing tickets to determine what, if anything, will be required for the caregiver and elderly patient to travel. Some airlines will provide convenient check-in services as well as a wheelchair or service car to bring the passenger to the terminal.
This time of year can be exciting for many reasons. When your elderly loved one will be traveling to be a part of the excitement, consider all aspects about what he or she will need, including what their caregiver will require, if they will be traveling with them.