Senior safety during international travel

By August 3, 2012Archives

Some seniors have waited their whole lives to take an international trip. It’s a dream vacation for them, so what can you and their caregiver do to make sure it’s the safest trip possible? The following tips can help to ensure your loved one has a wonderful time, while also keeping you from worrying about their health while they are gone!

Prepare ahead of time.

Health problems can be an issue for some people during international travel, no matter what their age. It is best to prepare for any health problem by gathering information before the departure date. When traveling abroad, you can help your loved one by logging onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They have a book entitled Health Information for International Travel that contains everything you need to know about health safety when traveling internationally. You can also contact the CDC international travelers hotline for questions or concerns by calling (404) 332-4559. Be sure your loved one has this phone number with them before they leave for the airport.

 Think ahead of time when it comes to medication and medical equipment needs.

Most seniors require some kind of daily medication or medical equipment. When traveling abroad, it is vital to keep an ample supply of any daily medications. You should also ensure that your loved one keeps all medicine in its original container. There are strict laws concerning medications, especially narcotic medications, throughout the world. Help your senior prepare to travel through the customs department of each airport by making it possible for customs officers to easily verify all medications. For an extra precaution, seniors can carry copies of the original prescription and a letter from their physician. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel be it a cruise or an overseas flight or anything in between.

 As for any medical and health supplies, like eyeglasses for example, seniors need to take a backup in case there are problems.

It is also a good idea to pack things like glasses and contacts in your loved ones carry-on luggage. This way, they will have easy access to them if their luggage is lost or damaged. The same goes for any kind of syringes, catheters or other medical accessories. It’s also a good idea to sit down with your loved one and their in-home caregiver and do some research on the countries they are visiting. Think about it; medical supplies are known by many different names overseas and may be very different from the names used here in the United States. If seniors need to locate emergency medical supplies in a different country, it will be a lot easier to do so if they can ask for it properly!


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