Traveling with a Parent

If you plan to bring an elderly loved one with you when traveling, you will want to be prepared. The challenges of senior travel can complicate your trip and be a source of serious stress. What if your loved one has an emergency while traveling? Here are some things to consider while planning your trip from Right at Home:

  • Talk to your loved one’s doctor about your travel plans. A doctor familiar with your loved one’s health and conditions can help you make arrangements for your loved one’s special needs and ensure that your loved one’s health will not be compromised by the trip.
  • Familiarize yourself with your loved one’s insurance policy, especially the emergency information and what the policy says constitutes an emergency. Bring a copy of these pages with you for reference on your trip, just in case.
  • Carry a list of medicines your loved one is on and any other critical medical information.
  • Always carry medications with you at all times — never pack them in a bag you are checking or in a carry-on bag that is being stored separately during a flight.
  • Request a wheelchair from your airline or travel agent, and be sure this is noted on your ticket. This will make getting around airports quicker, safer and easier for everyone involved.
  • If your loved one has a heart condition, confirm with your airline that there is a defibrillator on the plane.
  • If traveling abroad, bring a copy of the Consular Information Sheet for the country you are visiting. This sheet has important country-specific travel information, such as location of the U.S. embassy, security information and health and medical information.
  • If on a cruise, confirm with the cruise line that there will be an emergency doctor on board.

By planning ahead and being prepared for emergencies, you can ensure that everyone has an enjoyable time on your trip.

Right at Home has offices all over the country. If your loved one usually has the assistance of a professional caregiver at home, or may need additional help at your trip’s destination, you may want to consider contacting Right at Home to learn about the offices nearest your destination and how a caregiver could ease the demands of looking after your loved one on your trip to make it more enjoyable for everyone.

Right at Home is your international expert for emotional, physical and financial issues related to caring for your loved one, and we’re dedicated to keeping you informed. Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care and assistance so your loved one can continue living independently and enjoying a vibrant life. Our caregivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured prior to entering your home, so you can trust us with the caregiving and focus on the love.


  1. Stan Cohen January 26, 2011 09:48 AM

    Keep in mind that if they have medications that need to be kept cold to ask about a fridge in the cabin (if cruising) or regulations about having a cooler with you if flying.

  2. M.A. January 26, 2011 01:29 PM

    *Keep a lap blanket in the car for them to use during long drives. Older adults have a harder time retaining heat and this can help eliminate the fight for control over the car thermostat. *Adjust seats and seatbelts; also consider putting protective material over the seat belt to reduce irritation during a long drive. *If the adult is prone to accidents cover your seats with a bed pad to eliminate a mess if accidents do occur. *Most importantly enjoy your time together with family & friends!

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