There are many ways to travel, but when you are a family caregiver it is even more important to make sure you choose the one that is right for you and the rest of your family.
Selecting the mode of transportation can make a tremendous impact on the trip, and the health, safety, and comfort of everyone involved, including your senior. Though planes and cars may be the first things that come to mind when planning a long trip, a mode of transportation that may be very beneficial for an elderly adult is the train. Increasing in popularity over recent years, the train can be a fantastic choice for allowing you to care for your senior while on the way to celebrate the holidays with other members of your family.
Use these tips to make traveling by train with your senior a beneficial choice this holiday season:
Consider a sleeper car. If you are going to be traveling for a long period of time, even if it is not overnight, consider renting sleeper accommodations. This provides private space that offers more comfort and features than a conventional seat. These cars often have private bathrooms as well as comfortable chairs, and pull-down beds.
Choose the route carefully. When purchasing tickets, look over the route carefully to check for layovers and connections. Try to choose a route that does not involve only a brief time to get from one train to the other, as this might be difficult for an elderly adult with mobility problems.
Board early. Contact the railway and ask about boarding early. Explain your parent’s issues and challenges, and ask that you are permitted to get on and find your seats before the larger group of passengers.
Get up and move around. One of the best benefits of traveling by train is being able to move around while traveling. Encourage your parent to walk up and down the aisle, visiting the snack car or going to an observation car if available, to reduce the risk of blood clots and other issues.
Making home care a part of your care approach for your elderly parent can be one of the most meaningful and nurturing decisions you make for your senior as their family caregiver. Relying on these customized services is not about not caring about your parent’s needs, or not wanting to be their family caregiver. Instead, it is about wanting to make sure they get everything they need, while also taking care of yourself and the rest of your family. These services can be particularly meaningful during the holiday season when you are likely to be busier, and your senior may experience increased challenges and needs. Services can include companionship, assistance with grocery shopping, meal preparation, transportation, medication reminders, and more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Homecare in Chester, PA, please talk to the caring staff at Better Care Home Health Services LLC today. Serving individuals and their families in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks counties. Call Today: (267) 766-5218
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