There’s no time like vacation time! With the summer now far behind us, many Canadians will be taking the opportunity to venture off to warm destinations. No matter your age, vacationing can be fun. However, for older adults, it’s particularly important to take certain safety measures before heading out of town.
Here are four travel precautions for seniors to have safe autumn adventures:
1. Consult with your healthcare provider.
Are you physically healthy enough to be going on vacation? To be absolutely sure, get in touch with your doctor before packing your bags. Discuss your travel plans and address any underlying health conditions you may have. It’s vital that you have an adequate supply of necessary medications. Be sure to obtain copies of your medical records and prescriptions. Your healthcare provider can also advise you about vaccinations, travel insurance and other health-related concerns.
“Find out about the medical facilities in the areas you will be visiting,” adds Australia’s Better Health Channel, “Research important factors such as climate, language and culture. Buy a guide book and read it before you go. Make arrangements for wheelchairs, guide dogs and seating needs well in advance.”
2. Plan out your travel itinerary carefully.
When crafting your travel itinerary, keep in mind that fall weather can be unpredictable. Research your destination’s climate and pack appropriate clothing for varying conditions. Also, it’s a good idea to plan to arrive and depart during daylight hours. This will help you to avoid navigating unfamiliar places in the dark.
Consider shorter travel durations and multiple stops if needed. This both minimizes exhaustion and allows you to savour each destination without rushing. Flexibility is essential, so be prepared for unexpected delays and changes in your schedule.
3. Inform loved ones of your travel plans.
It’s wise to share your travel plans with trusted friends and family members. Provide them with copies of your itinerary, contact information and accommodations. Regular check-ins can offer peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. Make use of today’s technology to stay connected. For example, you can share your location using a smartphone app. That way, your loved one will know your whereabouts in case of an emergency.
Megan Claire is an Australian journalist who has had some bad experiences because she didn’t leave detailed travel information with her loved ones. “Let someone, anyone, know where you’re meant to be,” she insists on her travel blog, “It doesn’t make you any less independent, or any less ‘cool’ – in the event that things go south you’ll have someone who can act immediately to aid and assist, or even attempt to locate you.”
4. Bring Travel Buggy with you!
Do you need to take along a mobility solution while you’re on your trip? If so, Travel Buggy will come in very handy! This electric wheelchair is lightweight and easy to fold. It can fit in the back of just about any vehicle. With a tight turning radius and powerful motors, Travel Buggy is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. As well, these portable power chairs are approved for air travel by CATSA, TSA (US) and various other security and aviation authorities.
To learn more about Travel Buggy, please don’t hesitate to call LifeCare Mobility Solutions at 416-267-9800 or email us at email@example.com. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!