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Air Travel Tips for Seniors this Holiday Season

Nov 30, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg

Convenient but Stressful

With the holiday season now in full swing, spending time with friends and family is a top priority for many. While some have the advantage of loved ones living nearby, which may require nothing more than a quick drive, air travel is sometimes the only option to visit those further away. But it certainly comes with a price.

Along with the risk of delays, cancellations, and other setbacks caused by inclement weather, air travel can typically involves waiting around in cramped airports and dealing with large crowds at nearly every turn. Needless to say, maneuvering your way through all of this is not always the most pleasant experience. For aging adults, it can be even more taxing.

Several factors make air travel inherently stressful, there are ways to help alleviate some of the physical and emotional wear and tear. If your loved ones plan on travelling this holiday season, consider sharing the following tips to keep them safe and mitigate difficult situations. Even if you are travelling with them, it never hurts to keep them up to speed on best practices.

Holiday Air Travel Tips for Seniors

  • Plan for the Worst – A good mantra to have when planning air travel is better safe than sorry. If you are booking flights and have a connection somewhere, make sure you have ample layover time so that you aren’t rushing to your next gate. That extra bit of wiggle room can mean the difference between getting to your destination and spending countless hours in an airport.
  • Just the Essentials – Over packing. We all do it. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry – right? Well yes, it’s certainly wise to be prepared, but there is only so much room in a suitcase or carry-on bag, and the bulkier your luggage becomes, the more difficult it is to get from place to place quickly and efficiently.
  • Help is Available – Airlines generally have services and accommodations for seniors (and those with specific requirements) that most people don’t even know about, from wheelchair services to special seating arrangements. Be sure to look into all available options and request accordingly.
  • Stay On Guard – While most of us see the holiday season as a time of kindness and goodwill, there are those out there who view this time of year as an opportunity to steal. Keep money and credit cards in an inside pocket or another secure area close to the body, as out of sight from others as possible. Also, don’t trust a stranger to watch your luggage for you, and know exactly where your belongings are at all times.

Whether your loved ones are flying solo or with others this holiday season, consider sharing the guidelines above to make their experience a bit more enjoyable and – more importantly – to ensure they get to their destinations safely. Flying may not always be the easiest or most convenient transportation option, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare.


The In-Home Care Difference

At Comfort Keepers® in Fredericksburg, VA we understand that travel may not be an option for some seniors. But that doesn’t mean they have to spend the holidays alone. Our compassionate, professional caregivers are ready to provide the companionship and care your loved ones deserve, whether it’s throughout the week around the clock.  Additionally, we can drive them to see friends and family in the area. Above all, our goal is to see that your aging loved ones have the means to live happy, healthy, and independent lives.

For more information on how Comfort Keepers’ unique style of caregiving can make a difference in your loved ones’ lives, give us a call today at (540) 205-8743 or contact us here.

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