10 Tips for Traveling With Senior Family Members
Plan a stress-free family vacation with octengeranians and older travelers with these trip ideas.
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Consider Mobility and Health
Be sensitive to any medical conditions, such as diabetes, since it involves its own set of procedures while traveling. Also remember that many seniors take medication with food, so a set meal schedule may be necessary.
Make Sure Travel Insurance Includes Medical
The U.S. Department of State is also a good reference for general travel tips for seniors.
Ask for Assistance
Hotels will also provide special accommodations, from wheelchairs to ADA-compliant rooms. Grubb says hotels can even meet other needs, such as providing rubber sheets for those who are incontinent. Be sure to research and request as far in advance as possible.
Take Advantage of Senior Discounts
Choose Accessible Hotels Near the Action
Grubb stresses the importance of speaking with a front desk manager before booking a non-ADA-compliant hotel in order to discuss whatever accommodations need to be met, such as needing a room close to the lobby. Grubb also advises asking if the hotel has a doctor on-site 24/7 for seniors with medical conditions.
Schedule Enough Downtime
Frequent bathroom stops, such as every two hours, are also important for some seniors. Finally, Grubb says it’s ok to plan some activities to do on your own, as long as seniors are occupied—even if that's simply relaxing by the hotel pool. Arrange for staff to check on them if left alone for more than a short period.
Allow Enough Time at the Airport
Medications are another realm; while liquids must meet the 3-1-1 rule, exceptions are made for prescription liquids and creams. Medications should include the prescription and be in their original, labeled containers.
Arrange for Childcare
Pick a Destination with Activities for all Ages
Don’t Feel Limited to Specific Locations
“It isn’t as much hassle as you think and it’s well worth it,” says Grubb.