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The amount of people traveling every year is on the rise and the physically disabled population is certainly not excluded from this trend. If you are traveling with a physically disabled companion, perhaps an older family member, we have put together a number of travel tips designed to ensure that both parties return from the holiday relaxed and healthy.

Type of travel

Physical disability that is not congenital can often occur during one’s lifetime. As the body matures certain physical limitations may hamper freedom of movement or even duration of movement. Your travel itinerary must take onto account the type of physical activity your elderly companion can perform as well as the pace in which this activity can be performed at. Don’t exclude your disabled travel companion from your plans and considerations, let them voice their opinion and share in the decision-making.

Destination

If the purpose of the travel is for holiday, perhaps to escape the rat race of life, consider using a tour operator who specialise in disabled travel. Also take into account the level of modern health facilities in the destination, weather and even accessibility should wheelchair access, service dogs facilities and special seating be required.

Get The Opinion of Your Healthcare Consultant

If your companion is under long-term treatment and you are planning a long trip or even one that might require further effort on their part, a healthcare consultant such as the GP should be made aware of such plans. Long-term travel in particular is physically and emotionally stressful and getting a professional perspective is important.

Prescription

Modern medicine does wonders to improve the quality of life of people from all walks of life and certainly in the case of the elderly. As the body matures our dependency on modern medicine grows and during the travel period the schedule of when and how much to take must be kept. Prior to the departure, ensure that there are sufficient quantities of the prescribed medicine to last for the entire duration and that a copy of the prescription is available on your person just in case. Furthermore, ensure that any liquids in your carry on baggage are within the permitted regulation.

At The Airport

Airports are getting bigger and bigger to accommodate the growing demand for air travel. If your companion requires mobility aids such as wheelchair or transport by all means inform your travel agent and airline in good time. Consider arriving early thereby allowing for enough time for airport support services to cater for your needs. Depending on the duration of your flight, you might want to limit the number of connecting flights to your destination, as it will require the same effort over again.

On the Flight Activity

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a life-threatening disorder that causes possible blood clots under some conditions. Anyone who spend long durations in the air may become susceptible to DVT, however people who are of a senior age and whose movement is limited are at a bigger risk of DVT. Certain on flight activities can greatly reduce the chances of DVT. These include walking when permitted, shoulder and neck exercises and overall avoiding sitting idle for long periods of time. In recent years healthcare consultants have also suggested wearing looser clothing to allow for better blood circulation and avoiding dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Mobility At The Destination

If your elderly companion requires mobility aids to move around such as wheelchair, walker or even a folding cane, ensure that you retain common spare parts with your luggage.

We hope that you found our travel tips useful for you and for your elderly companion.

Written by travel operator Affair Travel. UK based holiday villa agents offering villas in Croatia, Corsica and France.

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