5 Tips For Travelling With The Elderly

December 04, 2019 3 min read



Travel brings about a multitude of benefits for the elderly by enhancing the cognitive activity of the brain, increasing focus and sharpening observation skills. Additionally, exploring and experiencing new cultures and places can be mood-lifting, allowing them to feel youthful again. Here are five tips that will make the trip an enjoyable one.

 

1. Planning an itinerary

Time

Keep in mind that travelling with an elderly person may mean that more time is needed. Thus, make sure that you allow for ample time in your itinerary such that the trip will not be rushed.

Map out travel routes

It is vital to map out the travel routes when planning your itinerary. The main aim of doing so is to come up with routes that are time-saving, convenient and suitable for all parties who are travelling. Download transport system maps of the place that you are going to and search for reviews from other travellers who have been to those places before.

If the itinerary includes walking, ensure that roads are not too uneven or bumpy for the elderly on foot and wheelchairs. Planning extra rest stops in your itinerary would also allow the elderly to catch their breath and take in the sights around them. 

Noise

The elderly tend to be light sleepers. When choosing your accommodation, find places that are around quieter neighbourhoods instead of rowdy city areas. 

 

2. Accessibility

Another important factor to consider is whether the places you plan to visit are easily-accessible. If there is no public transport available, you can consider hiring a van or minibus to ferry your family and you around.

Look out for elder-friendly amenities such as ramps, wheelchair lifts, and resting benches when you are out and about to ensure a smooth trip. Countries with an ageing society, such as selected cities in Korea and Japan, provide examples of elder-friendly travel destinations. 

 

3. Travel-Friendly Mobility Aids

Bringing bulky and heavy mobility aids on overseas trips can be a hassle so whether you choose to buy orrenting, look for mobility aids that are travel-friendly.

Our HappyWheels Travel Chair is an excellent choice for your travelling needs for elderly members with limited leg strength. It is not only lightweight, but also foldable and extremely compact. This makes it very convenient to bring around.

For the elderly who are still able to walk but require more support, a foldable walking cane would be very useful. Check out our aesthetically pleasing canes inThe Cane Collective.Perfect for vacation!

For people who are still mobile but may need some assistance, having a rollator would be very useful. OurHappyWheels Travel Rollator is perfect for trips where more walking is required. Simply lock the brakes and sit down to rest when tired.

 

4. Airlines and Flights

Some airlines such as Singapore Airlines, British Airways, and Delta Airlines provide senior citizen discounts for flight tickets. Make sure you do adequate research beforehand to get the best deal.

Prioritise the comfort of the flight so that your elderly loved ones can enjoy smooth journey, especially if it is a long haul flight. Some airlines like Delta Airlines are known to be extremely elder and wheelchair-friendly. When choosing seats on the plane, secure seats that are closer to the toilets to increase convenience.

 

5. Packing

Forgetting your medication is dangerous but very possible. To ease the process, consider investing in somepill organisers.

The elderly also tend to be sensitive towards the cold weather. To ensure maximum comfort, be sure to pack an extra sweater. This would come in especially handy on your plane rides. If your trip involves long bus or car rides, you can also pack a travel-friendly seat cushion. This helps relieve pressure on the hip bones and prevent excess trapped heat from prolonged sitting.

 

Conclusion

When it comes to helping our elderly loved ones live more independent and healthy lives, the best thing we can do is to provide them with the right elderly equipment so that they feel comfortable and safe. At The Golden Concepts, we are committed to improving the quality of life of elderly persons and our products are designed to address a wide range of diverse needs. If you need help finding a wheelchair with detachable arms, geriatric chair for elderly, or any other eldercare equipment, contact us today and we will be happy to serve you.


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