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Handy Summer Traveling Tips for Seniors

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Enjoy Your Vacation with these Suggestions from the Home Instead Team

When summer arrives, it’s time to hit the road on new adventures or head out to that large family reunion across the country. The travel bug can bite at any time, and once it does, you want to be prepared. Traveling as a senior can have its challenges. You may not have the same stamina as in your younger years. However, that should not stop you from heeding the call to be family and friends.

Enjoy traveling by taking a few steps to prepare ahead of time for your summer getaway. The professionals at Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton can help you get ready. Our caregivers provide a variety of services, including transportation to take care of all of the necessities that go with the preparation for your upcoming vacation.

Senior Care Summer Traveling Suggestions to Make the Most of Your Trip

Just because you are older does not mean you have to give up living life on your own terms. This includes taking trips to visit new destinations, experiencing new places, meeting new people, or visiting your grandchildren. It all starts with a little prep work.

Here are a few simple tips to help you:

  • Before Your Leave: There is more to leaving than locking the door and packing your suitcase. Consider these suggestions:
    • Schedule a Physical with Your Doctor: Talk to your doctor about where you are heading and get up-to-date on your vaccinations, especially if you are heading out of the country. You can also obtain printouts of current medications and information on your existing conditions. This can come in handy if you do have to visit a physician while you are on the road.
    • Bring Along the Right Medications: While you are at the doctor’s office, make sure you have all the right prescriptions with you. Leave your medications in their existing bottles and slip them into a clear zip plastic bag. It’s a good idea to pack them in your carry-on bag, so if your luggage is misplaced, you can stay on schedule.
    • Avoid Over-Packing: Being prepared for everything is not explicitly necessary when traveling. Pack only what you need and be willing to do a little laundry while on the road. Your back and body will thank you for the lighter load.
  • While You Are on the Road: All the excitement of traveling can bring with it some fatigue. Remember these tips while you are in the midst of your adventure:
    • Keep Moving: As a senior, you or your loved one runs a significant risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as blood clots, in your legs. As often as you can, get up and walk the aisle of your plane or stop at a rest area when in a car.
    • Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water, while on the road. It is easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget your water intake.
    • Eat Healthily: Sure, you will want to indulge, but you may want to temper that with a little restraint. Who wants to stop the fun because of an upset tummy?

Have a Safe and Fun Adventure – Your Senior Caregiver Can Help

Head out with confidence and take some preventative steps. Your home health care professional from Home Instead Senior Care can give you the support and help you need to get you to your appointments, get laundry done and pack properly for your trip. We work with seniors and their loved ones to make this season of life the best it can be.  

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in our community.


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