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Summer Travel Plans for Caregivers
By Sheryl Leary
Taking a successful vacation when you are a
caregiver requires planning and coordination.
Here is some information and questions to
consider when planning your time away from home.
Vacationing With Your Loved One
destination accessible for my loved one’s
abilities? Ensure that stairs are kept to
a limit that is acceptable and have railings.
Are doorways wide enough for a wheelchair or
walker? Will the bathroom accommodate your
activities within my loved one’s capabilities?
Sometimes less is more. Be aware that your loved
one’s abilities may be different when not in the
comfort of home. Allow time for recuperation
from the travel before activities are planned.
checked the latest security regulations for
airlines, trains and buses? It is best to check
with your transportation provider prior to your
travel about what will be expected for security
and/or inspection. Make sure all medications are
in their original containers and anything liquid
is kept in a clear separate bag and ready for
inspection. Check with your doctor to see if
your loved one’s pacemaker or implanted medical
device can go through the X-ray process or if he
or she will need a separate “pat-down
inspection.” An excellent source of information
for travelers is the Transportation Security
Administration (www.tsa.gov). This website has
information for travelers with
disabilities/medical issues including those with
pacemakers, diabetes, mobility and hearing
through security at airports, if a separate
pat-down inspection is necessary, you may
request a private room and caregivers can stay
with their loved one.
travel provider prior to your travel of any
special needs your loved one will have. Airlines
can provide wheelchairs, or cart transportation
through the airport. Special accommodations are
also needed for individuals traveling with
elders are more sensitive to extreme heat and
more prone to dehydration. Ask your loved one’s
doctor about any concerns he may have for fluid
intake based on the climate you will be