Guest Blogger: Allison Boyer
Tips for planning a trip with seniors: As always, it takes a little planning to avoid mishaps, anticipate some challenges, and help ensure smooth traveling.
Senior citizens, even those who are facing increasingly complex health problems, can still enjoy traveling with their families. Vacations simply require a bit more planning to ensure that everyone can stay safe and healthy while traveling. Here are some great tips you can use the next time you’re interested in planning a vacation:
Ask for a handicap room at your hotel. Even if you or the senior traveling with you isn’t handicapped in the traditional sense, handicap rooms can make the entire trip easier. They usually are on the first floor, have large showers with benches, and have other features that will make your travel much easier.
Plan some downtime every afternoon
It helps to have some time for your family to rest. After a busy morning, it is nice to have some time for a siesta in your hotel room. Then, you can go out again in the afternoon or evening for some more fun. Having time to rest will help all members of your family enjoy the vacation.
Make sure you see a doctor before traveling
Your family doctor can not only give you some great travel tips, but can also help to ensure that you or the senior traveling with you is prepared for the vacation. It makes sense to get a flu shot for many senior citizen travelers, for example, if you haven’t gotten one already, and you also need to ensure that your prescriptions are filled and you have proper documentation for any medical devices that may need to come with you on a plane, especially if you’re traveling to a foreign country.
Arrange for obtaining travel insurance
Lastly, no matter what your age, make sure you have a great travel insurance policy. When you’re away from home, your usual health care coverage may not qualify, especially if you travel overseas. Travel insurance can also refund your money if you have to cancel the trip for any reason, so it is helpful for seniors who are unsure about their ability to travel in the future.
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