Trip Considerations for Seniors - Senior Alert Medical

Trip Considerations for Seniors

by Charlie Kimball · 0 comments

The beginning of fall makes the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy the scenery.  It’s not too cold, not too hot, which means that it’s time for a vacation.  Yet older people traveling may need to consider a few things first. What are some considerations for vacation spots for your loved ones?

 

Make sure that your medical alert devices will work where you’re going.

Whether you’re wearing a medical alert bracelet or one of the other medical alert devices, it’s imperative to press the button to test whether it will work when you get there   Fortunately, GPS equipped medical alert systems can be reached in over 90% of the United States.

 

Make sure that the climate is reasonable (not too hot or cold)

While you might consider going to Alaska in the middle of winter to hang out with the polar bears to be a great thing, your loved one might not be able to handle it. No one wants to go on a vacation where the climate doesn’t suit them. Ask your loved one what sort of climate they like.

 

Make sure that the hotel or resort is mobility friendly.

Are there adequate resources for those who have to use canes, walkers, and wheelchairs?  Is the area around the place fraught with falling dangers?  Do you have to worry about your loved one pressing the button on their medical alert bracelet in the tub?  These are all things that must be addressed.

 

Make sure that everyone on the trip can participate with any mobility issues.

While we’d love to think that our loved ones are just as active and vigorous as they once were, we should still be considerate of their needs and the fact that they might not have the endurance that they once had.  They might not be as sturdy as they once were, and a wrong decision could lead them to reach for their medical alert bracelet.

 

Make sure that prescription medications, charging medical alert devices, and any medical needs can be satisfied while on vacation.

There are some loved ones out there who believe that when they go on vacation, the need for prescriptions and medications stops as if it’s in a magic vacuum.  As a caretaker, it’s important to make sure that your loved one is able to get their meds in case they run out or they’re forgotten.

Always make sure that you’re traveling with your medical alert bracelet or other medical alert devices.  It’s stylish, and it might just save your life while you’re enjoying the beaches of Florida, taking a tour of Amish country, or anywhere you decide to go.

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