5 things caregivers can do to make traveling easier

There are many things caregivers are juggling on their plates, one of them being the challenge of traveling with a loved one who needs assistance.

Here are the top five things we’ve learned from AARP this month about making traveling easier while being a caregiver:

  1. Make sure your vehicle is not full of your personal items when traveling. Empty out your trunk, and also keep containers to easily store items when packing the car for an outing. You will also want enough to room to make it easy to store a wheelchair or walker, if necessary.
  2. Technology is another important necessity. Ensure you have access to an emergency line, whether it’s hands-free calling or an answering service if a need arises. Music can also be an important intervention and soother when traveling with a loved one. Keep CDs close by or create a playlist on your phone that your loved one would enjoy while in the car.
  3. Turn child locks on to keep your passenger safe. This way only you have access to let your loved one out of the car when ready.
  4. According a guide from the Easter Seals, seating your loved one in the rear passenger-side seat is the ideal spot for your loved one to ensure safety for all. This will avoid any issues with the passenger obstructing the driver and your passenger will be easily viewable.
  5. Avoid high trucks and SUVs. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, try a minivan, crossover or sedan, according the AARP. These vehicles are much more accessible and spacious.

For other tips, check out more information from AARP here.

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