Travelling with your family or other relatives can be fun, but it can also be difficult if an elderly family member is involved. Elderly or senior citizens have different needs that need to be catered for when travelling.
Yet this doesn’t have to be difficult. With consideration and planning ahead, you can easily make any journey comfortable for elderly relatives.
The main part of travelling is, of course, transport. Your method of transport will greatly affect the physical demands faced by your elderly relative. Driving, for instance, is a common option. In a comfortable vehicle, you can easily travel with elderly members. This allows them to sit in comfort, with the added benefit of being able to drive to exactly where you need to be.
Likewise, public transport also has its benefits. Trains and buses can allow you to go virtually anywhere. Again, a large portion of this will involve sitting down, removing the pressure on elderly relatives. Unlike driving, however, there is some limit to where you can go. You may have to, for instance, change trains or buses on occasion but this walking is manageable in small amounts.
Furthermore, travelling by train limits where you can physically go; some walking or additional transport may be required from the station to your destination. The extent of the pressure this places on the elderly relative will, of course, vary depending on their immediate mobility issues.
Besides the transport options, where you say in any journey is as just a big an issue. With elderly relatives, the accommodation needs to be suited for their needs; they should be able to walk and move around the house comfortably without the fear of pain or physical limitations.
For example, if a senior citizen has a wheelchair or other strong disability or mobility issues, a Stannah homelift may be required. This small lift is a perfect addition to any private accommodation, where moving up or downstairs would otherwise be difficult.
In terms of hotels or typical accommodation options, there should be less of an issue. As long as you check beforehand that the location in question is adequately suited, there shouldn’t be any issues. This includes the likes of ramps for disabled people and working lifts that ensure the freedom to move around the building as they need or want to. These options are all easy to request or ask for before arriving; if the accommodation in question can’t provide these additions then there are plenty of places that will.
In short, if you’re travelling with an elderly relative, there is very little need to worry about your journey. With a bit of preparation and planning, you can quite easily and comfortably adapt any journey to meet the mobility needs of a senior citizen.