EFS Staff

Many seniors love to travel, but sometimes find it intimidating. Learning how to properly travel with seniors and disabled people will help make them feel comfortable and enrich their lives. Here are a few tips to ensure everyone is comfortable on your next trip together:

1)     Plan your trip. Know where you are going and how you will get there. Know where bathrooms and restaurants are located to help keep everyone comfortable. Make sure your vehicle is fully serviced and you have enough fuel to safely complete your trip.

2)     Communicate. Give the elder you are travelling with plenty of notice about the trip. As we get older, it can be easy to get flustered. Knowing about impending trips is important to ensure everyone is comfortable, thus making it a more enjoyable trip.

3)     Be aware of the needs of your elder. When making your travel arrangements, be sure to ask about handicapped accessibility in the places that you will be staying as well as in the places you will be visiting. If needed, secure a handicapped-parking pass for the area you will be travelling to.  If the person you are travelling with has a wheelchair, you will need to inquire about elevators and ramps as well.

4)     Be Prepared. Ensure you have all of the relevant information about the person travelling with you. Medication and emergency contact numbers are important to have on hand at all times, as well as quickly accessible. The emergency number of a physician is also very important, especially if you are travelling far from home. Use a notepad to help you keep track of everything, ensuring that in the event of an emergency you have all of the information you need.

There are many things you can do to make your trip and the trip of the senior or disabled person travelling with you as enjoyable as possible. Being prepared and ready for every possible occurrence should ensure the trip goes smoothly. Travelling is a fun and rewarding experience and everyone can enjoy it providing the proper steps are taken prior to the trip.

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