How To Conquer Travel With Incontinence and Wheelchairs

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Travel – Tips for traveling with a senior citizen

Travel can be fun and many of our seniors wish to travel across the globe and enjoy their life to the fullest. Which they were not able to when they were busy raising their families. However, with age, our loved ones do not experience good health and are unable to travel long distances due to physical limitations. In addition to physical limitations, there is umpteen number of problems that our loved ones suffer from. Let’s check them out.
  • Incontinence issues
  • Handicapped
  • Memory loss / poor memory
  • Irritable Mood
Physical disabilities should not become a roadblock for our loved ones. But this should also not refrain them from enjoying traveling. Planning well in advance and keeping in mind several tips, can help you take your elderly loved one around the world comfortably.
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Traveling tips for your loved one with physical disabilities

Traveling with a loved one can become difficult if he/she is suffering from chronic health conditions such as:
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Heart problems
  • Or any condition with limitations.
Such a condition can make traveling a complex affair. Even though you are traveling by your family car, plane, or a cruise ship. Regardless of the mode of travel, there are many other things that need planning well in advance. Whenever you think about traveling with your loved one. However difficult the entire planning may sound, there are certain tips to ease your traveling with your loved one:
  • Pack wisely

Travel light and pack wisely is necessary to lessen the burden. Remember to pack the essential items, so that you have easy access to important numbers and documents in case of an emergency. Also, don’t forget to pack your loved one’s favorite drinks and snacks, to make the journey more fulfilling. You also need to keep the medications and carry a pill organizer. Which would save the hassle of opening the entire medicine box while traveling.
  • Pack the essentials 

Many senior adults run the risk of suffering from Deep vein thrombosis when they have to sit for longer durations. In this condition, blood clots develop in the legs, which gradually disrupts the blood flow. Incontinence is yet another major issue with our aging parents. If traveling by air, you would also want your loved one to be comfortable. 
  • Compression socks
  • Extra incontinence briefs
  • Travel pillow
  • Arrange for a wheelchair in advance

If you are traveling with your elderly by train or plane, make sure you arrange for a companion wheelchair well in advance. You also need to reach the station or airport with your loved one in advance. So that all the arrangements can be done on time. And the unnecessary last-minute rush and stress can be avoided. You are also required to inform the airline staff or the travel company that the assisted devices are available upon arrival. Check the hotel arrangements and see whether there are necessary devices to make the stay comfortable for your loved ones.
  • Give breaks in between

Holidays can joyful with your aging loved ones, only if you give them plenty of breaks in between. Constant rush and the need to reach every place on time, can spoil the mood and would also not be favorable for your loved ones. Therefore, if you are on a road trip with your loved ones, then you need to give them long breaks, during mealtime or for using the restroom. If you are traveling by flight, then ensure you reach the airport early before the check-in procedures begin. This would allow your loved ones to settle down and get comfortable.
  • Plan travel that accommodates the needs of your elderly

If you are traveling with a loved one suffering from Sundowner’s syndrome, then you need to be careful to avoid travel during the evening time. Therefore the best is to plan your travel before evening so that you and your family members can make the most out of the trip.
  • Predictable daily schedule

If you plan a predictable daily schedule, then it would lessen the anxiety and agitation in your elderly with cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Take control of the diet

While traveling, you need to take care of your loved one’s diet. This is because, a certain diet may trigger bladder spasms, and make matters worse for your loved ones. Furthermore, consuming sour and spicy foods and beverages such as tea and coffee can irritate your loved one’s bladder. Therefore, you need to limit these foods and give your loved one’s foods, which can be easily tolerated by them. You also need to make sure that your loved ones drink plenty of water so that dehydration does not further worsen the case.
Travelling may seem to become difficult. And unbearable experience for a loved one who suffers from incontinence issues. Long travels, night stays, delays in flights, long waiting hours, may become unbearable and intolerable. Which may otherwise have been a pleasurable experience with family. Therefore, in order to avoid embarrassing situations and travel comfortably.
  • New Polymer briefs

There are adult incontinence briefs that have been using a special chain of polymers that have maximum absorbency. Moreover, these briefs keep the adult skin dry, as it keeps away the urine from the skin. The absorbency capability is so good, that your adult does not feel wet and itchy while using these. However, these briefs need to be changed after 8 hours in order to prevent leakage and other issues. In addition, you also need to take good care of adult skin. Pack vital things such as skin cream, wet wipes, soaps, moisturizer, so that the area can be thoroughly cleaned and moisturized once a day. You can also talk to your doctor about certain medications regarding incontinence, which can be taken during travel.

Elderly friendly destinations

If you are planning to take your elderly on a vacation, you can consider some of these elderly-friendly destinations. While planning a trip with your elderly. You certainly would look for places, which have wheelchair ramps and lifts, so that your loved one can travel with ease. Here are some of the destinations, you would want to consider to travel with your aging loved ones:
  • Alaskan Cruise

    You haven’t lived until you’ve taken an Alaskan cruise. The largest U.S. state but also the most sparsely populated, Alaska offers an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. Alaska’s dramatic terrain is best and most safely negotiated by cruise ship. There are many, many companies offering cruise ship tours of Alaska so it’s easy to find one to fit into your budget and schedule. For seniors, a cruise is a great way to see Alaska in comfort and style without feeling like you’re missing out.

  • The Island of St. John, US Virgin Islands

    The Island of St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is as close as you can get to a true tropical travel escape in North America. Over 60% of the land area on the island of St John is secluded and perfectly conserved as part of the Virgin Islands National Park.  Perfect for some rest and relaxation for your loved one and you as the caregiver.

  • Lake Tahoe, California

    Lake Tahoe should be on everyone’s vacation bucket list for the scenery alone. In summer the days are hot and sunny and the opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors are plentiful.

  • Key West, Florida

    The island city of Key West in Florida is one of the top summer destinations for seniors. Famous for its laid-back attitude and pretty pastel-colored houses, Key West is the place to be for those who want to experience a slower pace of living.

  • Sedona, Arizona

    Another Arizonan desert town, Sedona is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places on earth and it’s no wonder. Sedona is located in the heart of a geological wonderland where multi-hued red-rock formations change color minute-by-minute as the light changes and weather fluctuate. Sedona’s pine forests are absolutely stunning and there is a range of lodges available in the forest itself so you can enjoy a vacation surrounded by natural beauty and unique wildlife amongst the pines. The mild climate in Sedona makes it perfect for seniors and nearby Red Rock State Park trails, bird-watching and picnicking are easily accessible from the town.

  • Montreal, Canada

    Montreal is one of the most popular tourist spots in all of Canada. The huge Gothic church, Notre-Dame Basilica, along with the Montreal Biosphere and other impressive sites play a large part in bringing over 9 million tourists to the city every year. And if you or a loved one needs a city focused on ensuring senior citizens enjoy themselves, Montreal undoubtedly stands out.

  • Rome, Italy

    Cities whose main attractions are ancient buildings aren’t friendly for the handicapped or elderly with mobility issues. Rome, however, fought hard to break this mold. Most of the city’s hotels are fully accessible to those in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking. Additionally, sidewalks around the city are now equipped with wheelchair ramps.

  • Stockholm, Sweden

    Stockholm, Sweden is a very great travel destination. City planners had pedestrian crossings equipped with contrast markings and access ramps, both of which make senior citizens’ commutes easier, and regulations were passed that required hotels to become accessible and cater to those with visual, mobility, and other impairments.  And considering the numerous city apps available for Stockholm, even elderly visitors with auditory and visual disabilities shouldn’t have an issue getting around.

 

 

Conclusion

Careful planning will allow you to spend a great vacation with you and your loved one.  Taking care of their needs becomes our responsibility, once our parents reach 60 years. Some, of them, are pretty healthy and can travel the world on their own; while some get trapped due to their illness. In such situations, we need to understand their wants and needs and help them live their best life with dignity. Also, for more information, check out this post on transferring. It can be difficult to plan travel, but it’s not impossible. With the right knowledge, you can do this. Don’t forget about taking care of yourself and keeping your business going while you are caregiving. I’m here to assist you on this journey, schedule your planning session with me so we can look at how to keep your life and your business running smoothly

 

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