In your senior years, you should be having fun and enjoying the savings that you have made for your retirement. Most people’s bucket lists include travel and other activities. However, many people in their senior years as well as their loved ones tend to shy away from this, especially the older they get. The premise of this is that they are likely to face some sort of danger if they travel too far and engage in some activities.
However, you can still enjoy life by simply planning a safe day trip. You can take advantage of products such as senior travel discounts to make the process cheaper. To ensure that your trip is a success, it’s important to first plan for it, including deciding which activities you can tolerate and which you can’t. This way, you can plan for an activity without having to pay for equipment and training that you may not be able to do, maybe due to medical conditions or just personal preference. The other ways to plan a safe day trip include:
Consult your Retirement Community
If you happen to live in a retirement community, you should ask for advice regarding a day trip. Team members are experienced in planning for these activities, particularly if you have access to programs such as Connections Transportation Services. This makes it easier for you to arrange safe transport to and from your destination. Team members in our facility can also advocate for activities which suit your preferences and which you will likely find to be fun without putting you at risk. This is possible because the team members will first assess you and your current health status, and then come up with activities that will not compromise your health.
Consult your Doctor
If you are going to take part in physical activities, it’s best to first consult your doctor. They will give advice on whether you are fit enough to do it or not and may prescribe extra medication to ensure that you stay safe and healthy throughout. In many cases, they will also give you a talk about some subtle signs and symptoms that you should watch out for, so that you can seek treatment if you need it if you develop a condition that may be serious.
Let Others Know your Itinerary
Let your loved ones know about your itinerary. In case anything goes wrong, it will be much easier to identify the most likely location of your position, and aid will come quicker. It may also be wise to keep updating your loved ones about where you are.
Pack Essentials First
Always make sure that you have a list of essential items, and that they are packed first so that you don’t forget them. These include medication for any chronic conditions you might have, emergency contacts, an extra phone (if you will be in an uninhabited area for some time) and some water. You should dress comfortably, but your dressing should match the environment you are going to spend your day in. if it’s going to be hot, wearing breathable, light-weight shoes and clothing is advised.
If you are considering assisted living where we can arrange short term and long term trips for you, please contact our retirement community today!