Traveling on road trips with seniors can be a fun drive down memory lane filled with a bevy of unforgettable moments. While the challenges of planning and packing for a drive may seem like a vast undertaking, some forward thinking can make any adventure a leisurely endeavor.
As schedules open up for spring and summer, family road trips with kids and grandkids become even more popular, and including grandma and grandpa in that bonding time is important. Before any trip planning can begin, it’s important to consult a doctor regarding your senior’s ability to travel. Discuss what type of accommodations need to be made and determine if certain activities such as extreme outdoor excursions are off limits.
Whether you’re undergoing a long road trip or just trying to make a car ride to the grocery store or local restaurant a little more comfortable, be sure to plan for the unexpected.
Before hitting the road, review what needs to be packed. Regardless of the length of the trip, it’s always important to make sure the needs of your senior are accessible within the car.
It’s important that your senior enjoy the car ride as much as you do, so don’t overlook the type of car you rent. An SUV or crossover with ample space can be more accommodating than a sedan that seats four. Vehicles with larger trunk space can help store walkers, canes, oxygen tanks and other equipment. While your mode of transportation may have more personal space for passengers, it still could be difficult for your loved one to get in and out. That’s where you might want to consider handle assists and other car accessories designed to help seniors feel as independent as possible.
The journey can be just as important as the destination, so plan out your routes and stops ahead of time.
The most important thing for you to remember is to enjoy the ride. Take your time on the road and create new memories with your senior as you reminisce about the good old days. With spring around the corner, an afternoon drive and likely road trip are the perfect ways to enjoy each other’s company while following some helpful travel tips. Achieve a successful trip by not making assumptions, asking lots of questions and planning ahead.
Sources: caregiving.com, The Travel Type, The New York Times
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