Montclair, NJ (PRWEB) December 1, 2009
Too often, seniors, and even their family members, think they're too old for travel or require too much preparation. This can be especially disheartening during the holidays, often the only time of year when far-flung relatives travel to be together. To demonstrate that traveling with the elderly calls only for some smart pre-planning, http://www.Parentgiving.com has released its 10 Top Items For Senior Travel.
"Whether you're planning a two-week cruise or visiting out-of-town relatives for a few days over the holidays, senior travel can be great for the whole family. Traveling with an elderly loved one can be more than just manageable--you can all enjoy the time away from your usual routine," says Parentgiving.com chief content officer, Julie Davis. "The secret to successfully traveling with a senior is taking along the same daily living aids, usually in travel models, that you depend on at home. Many products are designed to fold up or fit flat in a suitcase to make bringing them even easier. Of course, these aids for seniors can also be ordered and shipped to your destination ahead of time."
Adds Nathalie Kim of Carex, a global leader in the development, manufacturing and retailing of self-care medical products, "The wide array of daily living aids now available to seniors enables even those with limited mobility to travel more safely and comfortably than ever before. Our focus is every bit as much on quality of life as it is on quality of products, and so we've gone to great lengths to make certain seniors can rely on our products to help them enjoy the activities they've always enjoyed, including traveling. By planning ahead and bringing along such easy-to-transport items as support pillows, medication organizers, portable bath benches and lightweight walkers and totes, seniors can travel secure in their knowledge that they can stay independent and comfortable, even away from home."
"Depending on the senior traveler's mobility level, assistive devices are wonderful aids to ward off fatigue and allow the senior to be part of most activities," says Davis. "For instance, #1 on our list is a seat cane, an ingenious device that satisfies two functions: The cane provides support when walking and, at the touch of a button or lever, a seat unfolds, allowing the user to take a rest. Some models weigh as little as 2 pounds, but can support up to 250."
"Though many elderly shun any kind of wheelchair use, a lightweight transport chair -- our #2 suggestion -- can make getting around easier on everyone, especially the caregiver who does the pushing. Look for a design with padded armrests and comfortable upholstery for the user and with easy fold-up for stowing in the car or off to the side in a guest room. Always check the weight capacity so that you buy the right model," adds Davis.
The rest of the Parentgiving.com "Top 10 Items For Senior Travel" are:
3. Wheelchair backpack: for carrying all needed aids, from medication to a blood pressure monitor, diabetes tester and snacks.
4. Memory foam neck support pillow: to use in route to the destination to prevent the aches caused by falling sleeping without any head and neck support.
5. Disposable bed underpads: to take embarrassment out of the equation by avoiding soiled sheets if incontinence is a problem.
6. Portable bed rail: a gripping device to help seniors sit up and get out of bed more easily.
7. Covered cup: to prevent hydration without worrying about spills.
8. A pillbox with an alarm: audio and visual reminders help avoid missed doses, a top medical concern.
9. Portable shower bench: to make bathroom safety a priority wherever you are.
10. Suction assist handle: for needed help balancing when getting into the tub or shower.
Read the full article including a complete description of the uses and benefits of each of the Top 10 Travel Items For Seniors on the parentgiving.com website.
Parentgiving.com, one of Internet Retailer's Hot 100 Retail Websites for 2010, is the only comprehensive site offering online educational resources, a help line and over 1500 products to help adult children care for their aging parents. For more information, contact Julie (at) parentgiving (dot) com.
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