You may be regarded as a senior traveller and are still be fighting fit, but if you’re planning a holiday with elderly relatives, check out the tips below to help ensure you’re prepared and are booking the right type of holiday.
When you’re looking into a particular holiday make sure you know its position and its suitability for elderly holidaymakers. For example, where is the accommodation situated? Is the hotel or apartment set high up on a hill? Or on flat, level ground? Make sure it’s not located near to loud bars and clubs. If mobility is an issue, does it have wheelchair access? If you can’t find out this information readily online, then pop into your travel agent – they will have a book detailing all the ins and outs of their accommodation.
- Airport Assistance Services
UK airports are required to offer assistance to passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) – not just disabled people but anyone that has difficulty walking. This help can include a more in-depth service such as meeting you at arrival, aiding check-in and taking a passenger though to boarding. Alternatively, help can be arranged for travelling between the departure lounge and the sometimes-lengthy walks to the boarding gates.
Not all travellers like the heat. Perhaps your elderly relative loves nothing more than high temperatures, however many don’t, so make sure the average seasonal temperatures are acceptable. Alternatively, look at going at a different time of the year.
- Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is a must, so make sure the traveller has good quality travel insurance with a high level of medical cover. All pre-existing medical conditions must be declared or they could risk not being covered if they become ill whilst overseas.
If possible use suitcases that are easily manoeuvrable, with wheels and a long extendable handle. And where possible, pack light.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
Elderly passengers are considered to have a higher risk of getting DVT. Ensure simple DVT exercises are carried out throughout the flight – for example, stretching out ones legs underneath the seat in front. Also, lifting up onto the toes and holding for a few seconds, then repeating for 10, then the reverse, stretching the legs onto the heels, holding and repeating. Also try to move around the cabin as much as possible.
- Meet and Greet Airport Parking
If you’re driving to the airport and need airport parking, think about booking meet and greet parking, which is ideal for elderly passengers and those with limited mobility. Simply drive right up to the airport terminal, meet your driver and go straight through into the airport to check-in. This type of parking negates the need to park your own car, either at the on- or the off-airport car parks. On your return from holiday, you will be met by your driver who will be waiting for you, with your vehicle in the same place you left it, warmed up and ready to drive home.