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Summer Vacation With Elderly, Disabled Family Members Means Additional Planning, Considerations for Caregivers
Date:5/26/2010

NEENAH, Wis., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The summer travel season is approaching, and with it, families are asking where to go?  How to get there?  What to do?  The CareGiver Partnership®, a national retailer of home health products, offers resources to help summer travelers address caregiving needs before hitting the road.

"Caregiving and family travel both can be highly rewarding, but also have the potential to be stressful," says Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership. "Whether you're planning to vacation with a loved one who needs special care – or looking for peace of mind while a loved one stays home – the key words for success are plan, plan, and plan."

When planning a trip that includes an elderly, ill or disabled family member, obtaining medical clearances from a physician ensures the trip is realistic and appropriate for all family members. Physicians are also able to obtain extra medication; provide a list of all medications; access medical records; and provide emergency contact information.  

Another important consideration is the mode of transportation. Most airlines offer priority boarding, as well as onboard wheelchair availability. Amtrak provides accommodations for accessible space, wheelchair usage and oxygen equipment. When driving, consider the possibility of a rental vehicle with more space and accessible features.

"No matter the mode of transportation, there are many products available to make travel more comfortable," says Wilson. "Support stockings, for example, are simple, inexpensive, and help prevent leg pain and numbness."

Once determinations are made about how to travel, consider how vacation time will be spent. Planning a slow
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