Is your senior relative going to be comfortable on your next roadtrip?
May 29, 2012
Many families take advantage of the summer by going on vacation. With the kids out of school, the warm weather and the long days, it's the perfect time to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of your destination. However, if you're going on a road trip with your elderly relative, you won't have the comfort of a medical alarm from Bay Alarm in the car. Without a medical alert, you'll need to keep your loved one safe and comfortable throughout the trip. Here's how to make sure the drive is a pleasant experience for everyone.
1. Pack plenty of pillows and blankets. While the weather's likely to be hot, a car's air conditioning gets cold rather quickly, meaning your relative might get a bit chilly. Having pillows on hand to prop behind the back or head can ensure that your loved one remains comfortable.
2. Take plenty of bathroom breaks. While you might be able to hold your bladder for long periods of time, your loved one may not be capable of doing so. Every now and then, ask if anyone in the car needs to stop to use the bathroom, then take the next exit for a rest stop or look for a gas station.
3. Bring a few snacks and drinks in the car. Dehydration is nothing to be laughed at, so make sure that your loved one has access to plenty of drinks. Water is always a good choice, but juice, soda or iced tea can also make for a great beverage. Healthy snacks like fruits and nuts are easy to pack and taste delicious.
4. Keep your relative entertained. Sitting in the car for a long time can get pretty boring, so there needs to be some kind of activity for your loved one to engage in. Reading is one possibility if your relative doesn't get car sick easily. Music is another great option that can keep everyone in a good mood. Even a book on tape might be enough to hold everyone's attention.
5. Make sure you don't forget to pack your loved one's medications within reach. Keeping them in the trunk won't help, so put them in a bag in the front or back seat. It's important to stay on the same schedule no matter what you're doing.