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#ElderCareChat Recap 3/21/12: Travel tips for caregivers

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 23 March 2012

Spring and summer are generally the heaviest travel months, but being a caregiver can certainly put a strain on the usual plans. As the conversation often circled back to the importance of planning ahead, there is no time like the present to start preparing for a summer getaway. (And plan a getaway you should, even if you’re a caregiver. It’s good for everyone to enjoy a break in the routine and a change of scenery.)

Whether you choose to go by plane, train or automobile doesn’t matter; we talked about them all. Denise Brown (@caregiving) moderated the discussion, during which 59 participants shared practical tips, creative ideas and valuable resources around safe, enjoyable and sanity-preserving travel.

For purposes of simplified language and a lesser character count, we opted for the term “caree” when referring to the person being cared for.

The hour flew by as usual, guided by the following questions:

Q1. Let’s talk about traveling by plane with a caree with a disability (no cognitive impairment). What tips can you share to make the trip easier?

Q2. Let’s talk about traveling by plane with a caree with dementia. What tips can you share to make the trip easier?

Q3. Let’s talk about traveling by car with a caree with a disability (no cognitive impairment). What tips can you share to make the trip easier?

Q4. Let’s talk about traveling by car with a caree with a dementia. What tips can you share to make the trip easier?

Q5. What tips can you share for a family member organizing a trip for a senior traveling alone?

Q6: What destinations can you suggest for a family traveling with a caree?

Q7. For you, what makes a trip successful?

Here are a few highlights:

For more tips and insights, check out the full transcript (special thanks to our friends at The Fox Group for providing this record); click here to review and share it.

Want to know who was there? Get an attendance record and other interesting stats via these #ElderCareChat analytics.

Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, April 4th at 1pm ET. As a reminder, we only meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in/passionate about eldercare issues can join us anytime. Prior participation is not required, and you can come for 5 minutes or 55 minutes; we understand that many who are caregivers or work full-time cannot easily pull themselves away for the full hour.

If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to get to know other participants better, or to connect with professionals and family caregivers with similar interests.

 

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