Home Care: Airline Safety for Seniors
Airline safety for seniors
Airline travel can be exhausting on senior citizens due to the strict security regulations and general discomfort of flying. The long waits for flights, long walks across terminals and sitting for long periods in confined spaces can be both physically and emotionally draining on anyone let alone seniors. Planning in advance and knowledge of the potential risks will help ensure your loved one’s travel is safe and free from unnecessary stress.
Here are a few tips to achieve a hassle free trip for your seniors
Planning ahead will ensure that you anticipate any scenario that might require your attention before and during the flight. First, ensure all necessary reservations are made. Once destination is confirmed, you and your caregiver should research airlines to get the best deal on the ticket cost, requirements, discounts etc. If possible reserve a seat next to the aisle to easily access the bathroom when in flight.
Visit Your Doctor
Some destinations require that the senior has some vaccinations. Let them fulfill this requirement to prevent from being barred from flying for failure to meet this requirement. During your doctor’s visit, its also important to get a prescription for other medication that the senior is supposed to take on a daily basis to prevent them from running out of supplys while they are away.
To prevent your medication from being confiscated, ensure all medication is clearly labeled and if necessary carry a doctor’s note confirming need of the medication. When crossing multiple time zones, prepare an in flight medication schedule to assure the right medicines are taken at the right time.
Ask For Assistance
Help can be availed to seniors when requested at any time from the time they arrive to the time they board. They can request for a wheelchair to maneuver the long stretches between terminals during security checks where they can go through the shorter lines.
To avoid unwanted delays, seniors with medical devices could request to have a pat-down as opposed to going through a scanner. Inform the Airline in advance in case the senior has medical implants such as implants that could set off the alarms. Some airlines will require proper documentation in such cases. The same applies for those who are on an oxygen concentrator, it’s important to contact the airline in advance since the high altitude could have an effect on how the concentrators work.
Wear loose clothing
Sitting for long durations has been associated with deep vein thrombosis. It’s encouraged that the seniors travel in loose fitting clothes to encourage free circulation of blood. Wearing compression stockings once on board could also help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis.
For long flights pack a snack bar or other foods to cater for eventualities such as delays. Inspect the in flight meal schedule in advance and make adequate arrangements for those managing a health condition such as diabetes.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Due to their low humidity being in an airplane can be very dehydrating. To prevent this, drink plenty of fluids before, after, and during a flight.