When you are out and about this holiday season it could be for a big family event. While once it was the patriarch’s duty to host the event, now more and more people are living longer, traveling more, and the younger generations are picking up as host for family events. If you are out traveling with a senior citizen or if you are a senior citizen who happens to be making the rounds on the road, consider these 10 tips to make your travel happy, healthy, and safe.
Plan for Anything: When traveling with a senior citizen it’s best to plan for anything. Your senior citizen has been around longer than you, you probably feel as though you know their patterns, habits, routines, and such pretty well. Put yourself in their shoes, what is the most extreme possible thing which could happen when they are out on the road? Plan for that.
Pack Your Meds: This is a big one. If your senior citizen is taking pills, make sure they’ve got a full supply. Keeping the meds somewhere safe and exclusive is a good idea (mom’s pocket book if they’re not too much, a carry on or something if they are). As the younger person you’re also responsible for making sure your senior citizen takes their meds when they’re supposed to. If you’re changing time zones, make sure and speak with a doctor about any necessary adjustments.
Pack Your Gear: Make sure your senior citizens got socks, underwear, shirts, and whatever else they could need. If they have sensitive skin and use certain soaps, that’s one thing. If they have lotion for inflammation, that’s another. Make sure that your senior citizen has got all their potential gear.
Pick a Schedule & Stick to it: Senior citizens, generally, like order. Even if it seems chaos to you, it’s order to them. So if you say something is going to be at X-o’clock, make sure that it is or make sure they know it’s not going to be and why.
Bathroom Breaks: When you’re driving with a senior citizen it’s like driving with a child. It’s important to take plenty of potty breaks. If you’re going a far distance between towns, make sure you stop even if they say they don’t need to go.
Speed Limit: If you’re driving with a senior citizen, it’s not a Meatloaf concert. Don’t drive like a Bat Out of Hell. Drive the speed limit. Or slower.
Stop & Remember: There may be places that the senior citizen might like to see. If you’re going from their retirement community in Florida back to the town where your sister still lives, where your family grew up, your parent might like to stop by the old neighborhood, see the old house, the school where they worked, the church where they prayed. It’s a nice gesture if you have some extra time.
Bring a cooler – plenty of water: Dehydration is a preventable affair. Bring a lot of water and you don’t even need to go there.
Bring a gift: Senior citizens are from the old world, in the old world when you’re a dinner guest, you bring a gift. Make it something nice, something everyone can enjoy, and credit the senior citizen for the thought.
Have fun: You’re traveling, you’re out, you never know when you’ll get to do something like this again. You don’t know that you ever will. have fun on your trip with your senior citizen this holiday season! The more fun you have, the more fun they’ll have.