Holidays For The Elderly
For many, the later years in life are a time to fulfill long standing travel ambitions and enjoy the freedom that retirement brings and whilst arranging holidays can be a more difficult process when you're older, it doesn’t have to be! DisabilityHolidaysGuide.com offers a select range of companies that provide breaks and trips specifically for the elderly, some of which are displayed to the right. Further elderly holiday options and solutions can be found by using our quick links and advanced search, located on the left.
People are now living longer and such is life that few of us are spared from developing age related ailments like arthritis, osteoporosis, circulatory and respiratory conditions, things that can often affect mobility. When booking holidays for the elderly, do not assume that the travel agent, or if booking independently, the accommodation owner is aware of individual care needs. This must be clearly explained at the time of booking to avoid any disappointment. It’s also a good idea to research the resort, locate the nearest medical centre and check the layout of your accommodation. The last thing you want is to find yourself in a villa that has no flat access or ground floor rooms when you have mobility difficulties.
Many elderly people find themselves stuck for travelling companions and due to fear of being alone in an unfamiliar place, no longer take holidays. Others simply can’t travel without assistance. In these instances, holidays for the elderly are made possible with a selection of specialist holiday providers who organise assisted group holidays for solo travellers and senior singles, perfect for meeting like minded people! Another solution is to contact a travel companion matching service or a company that provides travel nurses and carers. We Feature some excellent options here on the Guide from in-flight care to people who will be happy to accompany on trips and meals out.
High heat can be dangerous for seniors and elderly people and can cause cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which can be fatal. Drinking plenty of water and keeping hydrated is a must! Taking medication can also have adverse effects in hot weather. Diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers, heart and blood pressure medications can make it harder for the body to cool itself, so it’s wise to seek medical advice regarding holidays for the elderly before you travel. Also, make sure to use high factor protective sun creams as aged skin tends to be thinner and sunburn can be worse.
Availability of cover for the over 70’s can be limited and travel insurance companies tend to impose higher premiums for older travellers. Despite the costs, travel insurance is important to protect you should the unthinkable happen. It’s advisable to get an insurance quote before you book, helping you budget for the overall cost of the holiday. Contact details for holiday insurance for the elderly can be found at the bottom of this page. For convenience, you can also get an instant quote here online if you wish, simply click the' Get a Quote' link provided.