Welcome to one of the most hectic times of the year! The many parties, gatherings, and get-togethers taking place over the next few weeks will likely leave you struggling to catch your breath by New Years Day. In 2014, AAA estimated that nearly 100 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more during the holiday season and that number is expected to grow this year.
Chances are you will be leaving home at some point this season; and for personal care assistants, traveling with in-home care patients can present many challenges. Busy schedules, long road trips, and navigating lines at the airport can be especially difficult for those that require in home supportive services. Despite these obstacles, the rewards of being with loved ones for the holidays far outweigh the hassles of traveling.
Personal care attendants and family caregivers should take steps to help their home care patients travel comfortably this holiday season. Whether your holiday plans involve heading cross-country or just down the street, take a moment to review these travel tips for senior home care patients before setting out:
- Get a Doctor’s “Okay”: Make sure to talk about travel plans with a physician to learn of any potential health risks traveling could pose.
- If Flying: Request a seat reserved for disabled travelers. Consider using a wheelchair to make traveling through an airport easier. Wear supportive stockings to prevent blood clots that can occur from sitting for extended times.
- If Driving: Make plans to stop once every hour to stretch out and get fresh air. Pack healthy snacks and beverages for the trip.
- Always Have the Essentials: Pack and organize a patient’s necessary medications, medical equipment, medical information as well as extra clothing and jackets.
Traveling for the holidays should be an exciting experience, however, personal care assistants should complete some preparation to ensure their home care patients stay safe and comfortable. Contact Best Home Care to learn more ways you can prepare for this year’s holiday travel plans.