Assisted Travel

For many, the later years in life are a time to fulfil long standing travel ambitions and enjoy the freedom that retirement brings and whilst arranging holidays can be a more difficult process when you are older, it doesn’t have to be!

Our Place recommends Disability Holidays Guide for information on breaks and trips specifically designed for older people.

If you are single, have mobility issues or need respite then Disability Holidays Guide offers some really great tips, holidays and wheelchair friendly accommodation. Continue reading for helpful information on Assisted Travel from booking holidays to dealing with hotter climates.

Booking Holidays

People are now living longer and unfortunately few of us are spared from developing age related ailments like arthritis, osteoporosis, circulatory and respiratory conditions, things that can often affect mobility.

When you are booking a holiday, do not assume that the travel agent, or if booking independently, the accommodation owner is aware of individual care needs. This must be clearly explained at the time of booking to avoid any disappointment.

It’s also a good idea to research the resort, locate the nearest medical centre and check the layout of your accommodation. The last thing you want is to find yourself in a villa that has no flat access or ground floor rooms when you have mobility difficulties.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance companies tend to impose higher premiums for older travellers. Despite the costs, travel insurance is important to protect you should the unthinkable happen.

It’s advisable to get an insurance quote before you book, helping you budget for the overall cost of the holiday.

For holiday insurance for the elderly, try Freedom Insurance. Call 01223 446 914 quoting reference ‘Disability Holidays Guide’.

Solo Travellers

Many elderly people find themselves stuck for travelling companions and due to fear of being alone in an unfamiliar place, no longer take holidays. Others simply can’t travel without assistance.

In these instances, holidays are made possible with a selection of specialist travel agents, such as Travelsphere, who organise escorted tours and assisted group holidays for solo travellers and senior singles, perfect for meeting like-minded people!

Another solution is to contact a travel companion matching service or a company that provides travel nurses and carers, like the British Nursing Association.

Hot Climates

We all love a bit of warm sunshine, but don’t let it be a killer.

If you are taking medication it can have adverse effects in hot weather; diuretics, sedatives, tranquillizers, heart and blood pressure medications can make it harder for the body to cool itself. Drinking plenty of water and keeping hydrated is a must!

Also, make sure to use high factor protective sun creams, aged skin tends to be thinner and sunburn can be worse.

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