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Vacation with Elderly, Disabled Family
Members means additional planning,
considerations for Caregivers
The CareGiver Partnership(R) offers tips for
traveling with an elderly or disabled love
NEENAH, Wis., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The
summer travel season is approaching, and
with it, families are asking where to go?
How to get there? What to do? The CareGiver
Partnership®, a national retailer of home
health products, offers resources to help
summer travelers address caregiving needs
before hitting the road.
"Caregiving and family travel both can be
highly rewarding, but also have the
potential to be stressful," says Lynn
Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver
"Whether you're planning to vacation with a
loved one who needs special care - or
looking for peace of mind while a loved one
stays home - the key words for success are
plan, plan, and plan."
When planning a trip that includes an
elderly, ill or disabled family member,
obtaining medical clearances from a
physician ensures the trip is realistic and
appropriate for all family members.
Physicians are also able to obtain extra
medication; provide a list of all
medications; access medical records; and
provide emergency contact information.
Another important consideration is the mode
of transportation. Most airlines offer
priority boarding, as well as onboard
Amtrak provides accommodations for
accessible space, wheelchair usage and
oxygen equipment. When driving, consider the
possibility of a rental vehicle with more
space and accessible features.
"No matter the mode of transportation, there
are many products available to make travel
more comfortable," says Wilson. "Support
stockings, for example, are simple,
inexpensive, and help prevent leg pain and
Once determinations are made about how to
travel, consider how vacation time will be
spent. Planning a slower pace and
designating certain times for rest can
reduce stress for the whole family.
In addition, many hotels and resorts offer a
wide range of activities so people of all
ages and abilities can have a great time
together - and separately - at one location.
When a caregiver needs a vacation and an
elderly or disabled family member stays
home, respite care is one option to
Many retirement homes offer respite care or
can arrange daily home visits to aid in
washing, dressing, and meal preparation.
Enlisting other family members to help when
possible provides the benefit of familiarity
for the person receiving care.
As caregivers consider travel plans,
Wilson offers the following tips:
-- Consider whether you need and can
afford professional assistance from
a travel agent, an aide who can travel
with you, or a skilled respite
-- When flying, allow for longer
connection times and arrange for cart
transportation. When driving, allow
for more frequent stops for
eating, stretching, and using the
-- Be aware of medication side effects,
such as susceptibility to the sun
or interaction with certain foods.
Traveling typically means exposure
to different climates and cuisines.
-- Work with your hotel or resort to
request an appropriate room.
Depending on your needs, this might
mean a first floor room, adjoining
rooms, wheelchair or stroller
accessibility, or proximity to an
-- Involve all family members in
selecting activities and destinations.
Giving each person a 'top pick' helps
everyone feel part of the
process and ensures a good range of
-- Regardless of whether your loved one
travels or stays home, supplies
should be stocked and plentiful. The
automatically scheduled delivery
service, Never Run Out(SM), ensures
needed products are always on hand.ys on hand.
The CareGiver Partnership offers the largest
online resource directory at
Users can search by topic; browse for
products that facilitate travel; and consult
with a Physician Assistant and Mayo
With the right information, products, and
resources, caregivers can ensure a safe,
enjoyable vacation experience for the whole
About The CareGiver Partnership
The CareGiver Partnership is a national
direct to consumer retailer and resource
providing support, convenience, and
old-fashioned customer service to those
caring for a loved one, and offers more than
2,600 home care products. The CareGiver
Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn and
Tom Wilson of Neenah, Wisconsin. Visit
www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more.
Source: The CareGiver Partnership