Top Items For Senior Travel
Here is a helpful article by Julie Davis to assist in holiday travel with a senior.
Travel can be hectic, no matter your age. But with the right daily living aids, seniors can enjoy trips and the time away from the usual routine. The secret is taking along the equipment and daily living aids, usually in portable formats, that you depend on at home. Some versions are designed to fit flat in a suitcase to make it even easier. Of course, these aids for seniors can also be ordered and shipped to your destination ahead of time.
A seat cane is an ingenious device that satisfies two functions: The cane provides support when walking and, at the touch of a button or lever, a seat unfolds, allowing the user to take a rest.
A transport chair can make getting around easier on everyone, especially the caregiver who does the pushing.
For day trips with the transport chair, make carrying essentials easier by using a wheelchair backpack to stow all important aids in one place, from medication to a blood pressure monitor, diabetes tester and snacks.
On the way to your travel destination by car, plane or other mode of, using a memory foam neck support pillow will keep you from arriving with the achiness caused by falling sleeping without any head and neck support.
When incontinence is a problem, having a supply of disposable bed underpads will take embarrassment out of the equation by avoiding soiled sheets.
To make getting out of bed easier, bring along a portable bed rail with a built-in organizer. This gripping device helps seniors sit up and get out of bed, and some designs include a pouch that will hold items like glasses, so essentials stay within reach.
Easy to overlook, but a great and simple device is a covered cup. This allows the elderly to stay hydrated without worrying about spills. Choose a style with a straw if sipping is easier than holding up the cup to drink.
On hectic days, forgetting to take medication is a frequent mishap, with potentially disastrous consequences. A pillbox with an alarm or other audio and visual reminder can keep the senior on their regularly scheduled programming.
Bathroom safety is a priority at home or away. Make bathing easier with a portable shower bench. Look for a design that features a contoured seating area and is easily adjustable in width to fit most bathtubs (from 19″ to 28″ wide).