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Tips for Safe and Happy Travels with Seniors

Making the time for trips with elderly family members can be a great and rewarding experience.  If you are visiting family out of town or a vacation destination, there are steps you can take to ensure the best experience for you and your loved ones. 

Jet lag, or time zone change syndrome, is the fatigue and irritability one may encounter as a result of traveling across time zones.  There is a disruption in the body’s circadian rhythm that can manifest into bothersome symptoms while we readjust to new scheduling.  Senior citizens are at a higher risk to this condition, but there are ways to try and offset the effects.  Making sure your senior traveler is well rested and nourished can go a long way to dealing with any stresses that may arise from travel.  Also, booking direct flights as opposed to connecting flights can cut down on your overall travel time as well as lower the risk of missing a plane.

Scheduling your travels for certain times of the day may be easier on your senior travel mate.  Early am and late night flights can take a lot out of some people.  Opting for accommodations during the day can make traveling easier on everyone and alleviate some of the stresses of airline travel.

Make sure any sort of medication needed is brought along in your carry-on luggage.  In the event that it is needed, you will want it handy with you at all times.  Bags do get delayed from time to time and having your medication on hand can make a world of difference in a time of necessity.

A-1 Home Care staffs experienced, compassionate caregivers who are multi-lingual, CPR and first-aid trained, have verifiable references and Malpractice/Liability insurance for your peace of mind.  Our home care professionals can help with administering medication, preparing meals and more.  Contact us today at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 to learn how we can help.

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