These days, people expect to continue enjoying a high quality of life for an extended period of time. A vital aspect of this is travel. If you are planning a flight with an elderly family member or another senior citizen, it is essential that you plan and prepare your trip properly. This way, you will reduce the chances of any complications occurring further down the line. With this firmly in mind, here are a few top tips to make this as smooth as possible.
Request Help Where Required
If you are going to need any additional help on the flight, it is important that you get this requested at the earliest possible opportunity. For example, you may need to hire a commercial medical escort if the senior citizen in question has any complex medical needs that require addressing on the journey. Alternatively, you may simply require help from the airport in the form of a wheelchair and a member of staff who can accompany the senior citizen. When you are going through airport security, make sure that you choose the right queue as you will be entitled to priority service, and it makes sense that you get it.
Make Reservations Carefully
As much as possible, you will want to cut back on too much travel time. Therefore, it makes sense that you go for non-stop flights if possible. Also, you should choose an airport that is nearby to your home and where you are heading. While this may seem obvious, there is an airport in Stockholm that is 100km from the city itself! Try to go for airlines that offer a jet bridge as this prevents the need for clambering up and down stairs. Look for senior citizen discounts and select the correct disability options as well. When you are choosing the departure time, try to choose one that is comfortable and doesn’t involve any early wake-up calls!
Pack Your Hand Luggage Well
Make sure that you have packed any necessary medication into the hand luggage. As well as this, think about bringing extra layers to ensure that they don’t get too cold on the flight. Make sure that everything is stowed within easy reach. By packing alongside the senior citizen, you can help to ensure that you bring everything that you need and nothing is overlooked along the way.
Plan for Breaks
While you may like to travel as quickly as possible, you will need to take your time when you are accompanying a senior citizen. For example, you should try to arrive at the airport early rather than having to rush through security. This way, you can sit back with a coffee while you wait. When you arrive at the other side, you may not want to rush straight into a waiting taxi. Ultimately, taking a more relaxed attitude can help you out significantly.
By following the tips above, you can reduce the stress of traveling with a senior and make it more enjoyable for everyone involved.
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