Planning a holiday with an elderly person

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Everyone deserves a break and family holidays can be a great way to spend quality time together. If you’re hoping to take an elderly parent/loved-one on holiday with you, we’ve put together some top tips for things to consider when choosing a destination and preparing to travel:

Destination

Going on holiday doesn’t mean you have to go abroad – staycations are all the rage at the moment and allows you to see some of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Places such as Devon and Cornwall are huge attractions and often have good weather and are more suited to the elderly, with better access and lots of amenities on-hand.

If you are set on going abroad, a long plane journey can be difficult for an elderly person. The coast of Spain is an ideal location for a holiday as there is a travel time of roughly two hours.

Accommodation

Once you’ve chosen your destination it’s important to research elderly and wheelchair-friendly accommodation. You should also look at your accommodation’s surroundings to see what amenities are on-hand in the local area and what places your elderly parent/loved-one would enjoy. Your accommodation should be within an easy walking distance of everything you might need.

If you’re booking accommodation in the UK, you can check whether your holiday location is compliant with the National Accessible Scheme (NAS).

To allow for privacy it is worth looking into accommodation with a selection of living spaces and separate bedrooms so everyone can get some peace and quiet from each other if they need to.

Packing

When it comes to packing for your holiday, your elderly parent/loved-one might need a helping hand. Create a checklist of everything they will need including clothing, medication, any medical equipment and travel insurance documents as well as things like glasses, sunglasses, sun cream and a hat.

Once you’ve chosen your destination and sorted our your accommodation you can check out some more of our top tips for travelling with the elderly.