Tips for travelling with seniors

By Carmen Costantino
August 5, 2011

 

Several of our clients have enjoyed travelling this summer, and we’ve had the privilege of assisting them with their planning.

Along the way, we’ve learned a few new things about seniors travelling on their own and with a family member. It seems like a good time to share them.

Whether you are taking a train, plane or tent trailer, you can find a few tips for a safe and enjoyable trip!

Although a spontaneous trip is exciting, so can the trip to a hospital be because you forgot to pack your medication in your carry-on or you didn’t realize the hostel only had stairs, causing joint pain.

Talking to your transportation company and accommodation provider well in advance is probably the most important thing you can do (and of course reading this column!).

Tips for travelling with seniors:

These are just a few tips and suggestions for a safe and enjoyable trip. The Canadian Transportation Agency has a great publication called Take Charge of Your Travel: A Guide for Persons with Disabilities. You can download it from www.otc-cta.gc.ca. Or, call 1-888-222-2592 or by TTY at 1-800-669-5575.

Wendy Johnstone is a gerontologist and is the founder of Keystone Eldercare Planning. Her column runs in the Comox Valley Record every second Friday.

 

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