Guest post compliments of Ashley O’Connor:
Taking a trip with seniors is a good way to help them fight off boredom. Traveling is also a perfect means for the senior citizens to relax. Upon reaching the golden age, most seniors just stay at home and do simple activities to occupy their time. So why not take them on a vacation?
Planning a family vacation with the seniors demands you to take into account a few factors. Thinking of these considerations can help make sure an enjoyable and comfortable vacation for the elderly.
Look for senior friendly destination – A vacation destination for the young adults may seem not suitable for the seniors. Check out those travel hot spots where every member of the family can enjoy including the seniors. Browse over the net and search for ideal places for the entire family. Start searching from local destinations where you have not gone yet then you can try looking for international places.
There are so many places in the US known to be senior-friendly just like Florida. But if you want to take your older folks overseas, you can try going to destinations like Caribbean Islands, London and France. Of course, consider your budget. There are many places you can head to without spending a fortune.
Make use of senior travel discounts – Traveling with seniors will not really burden you financially. In fact, it can help you save a considerable amount of money. Seniors have discounts in many establishments. Take advantage of these discounts especially with regards to airfare and other transportations. Elderly people have likewise discounted rates in restaurants, hotels and some other leisure places.
Book in a senior-friendly accommodation – Most seniors do not like crowded places so you may choose to book in a smaller hotel. Smaller accommodation means less number of people. But make sure that it has comfortable room for your elderly. Some hotels have special offers for seniors such as softer bed or more sheets, special menus, meeting rooms and others. If you have the budget, you may try those luxurious hotels since they have fabulous amenities.
As much as possible opt for accommodation that has easy access to different tourist spots. Keep in mind that elderly people cannot endure long distance walking so make an itinerary of places you plan to visit. This way, it will be easier to decide if you need a ride going to the place or you can just walk.
Bring medical alert device – In case your senior has an age related condition, be sure to bring along medicines and medical alert device if possible. Alert system is very useful to quickly notify the family if the senior needs help. Check with your alert device provider if it can work overseas (when travelling abroad). Pack the medicines in a hand carry bag so it will be easy to get them when needed.
Spending a vacation with your seniors will be a memorable experience for them. That is why it is important to prepare things ahead and to know their needs to avoid bigger problems. Majority of the elderly people are sentimental so the trip will surely become a lasting memory.
About the author: This guest post was written by Ashley O’connor. She enjoys writing about family matters and travel topics. She is a social media writer who works with several successful establishments including Fall Alert, a provider of personal emergency response systems. When not writing, she just watches TV or reads books. Follow her on Twitter at @AshleyOconnor82 or on Facebook.