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Travelling with a loved one with loss of autonomy? It’s possible!
Escape from everyday life, let go
Travelling can contribute to everyone’s well-being, regardless of age or ability. It's a way to get away, to let go of the daily routine. But when your loved one is experiencing loss of autonomy, planning trips can be more complicated. With summer on its way, we have asked Julie-Anne Perrault, from the Kéroul organization, to share some tips for successful vacations.
Age in and of itself is not a contraindication against travel: it represents more of a vulnerability. Given the risks linked to travel among people experiencing loss of autonomy, a visit to the doctor before you go is recommended to check compatibility between the health condition and the type of trip. In addition, when planning or choosing the destination, pay special attention to the following items:
- Sensitivity to dehydration;
- Exposure to very hot or very cold weather;
- Compatibility of the health condition and the type of trip planned;
- The risk linked to certain treatments based on the travel conditions;
- Loss of landmarks in a new environment;
- Stress and exhaustion caused by travel.
A helping hand from tourism industry employees
If you are travelling with a person who has cognitive impairments or memory problems, it is best to forewarn employees who will be around them, especially hotel receptionists. This will help them provide better service by limiting misunderstandings. With full knowledge of the situation, they can thus ensure the safety and comfort of your loved one.
Peace of mind through organized trips
Organized trips can also be a way of making things easier. A professional will manage your travel and your tours, so all you have to do is focus on supporting your loved one. It is quite a liberating option! In addition, you will have the opportunity to socialize with other travellers.
Quebec for all
Quebec for All is a database of more than 1,700 tourism operators that have been certified as accessible or partially accessible by Kéroul. This platform is the perfect tool for planning vacations! A search engine will help you find establishments that meet your needs, and a geolocalized map, itinerary suggestions and travel tips will help you plan your getaway.
Don't go without
- A carte de l'âge d'or (senior’s discount card) or other loyalty cars, which offer many discounts;
- The Tourism and Leisure Companion Sticker (VATL), which is a program that grants free access to the companion;
- A water bottle that you can refill;
- More medication than required for the trip, as a precaution;
- A copy of the original prescription and a note from the health care provider explaining the reason the medication is taken;
- A MedicAlert bracelet, which is a practical tool that helps police and health professionals quickly identify the person and their health needs in case of emergency;
- Recent photos of your loved one so that they can always be identified;
- A parking sticker for a reserved space.
The serenity of cruises
If group trips don't excite you, opting for a cruise is also an excellent idea. Since it is a contained environment, all you need do is sit back and let the waves carry you away. Cruises also limit physical effort since the restaurants and accommodations travel with you!
Benefits of an accessible room
An accessible room is not just ideal for those in a wheelchair! It can also be very practical for someone experiencing loss of mobility, especially with the support bars in the bathroom. Do not hesitate to describe the needs of your loved one when you make your reservation.
In collaboration with Julie-Anne Perrault, Communications Officer at Kéroul
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