DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: I’m concerned about discovering some kind of journey escort service to assist my aged dad and mom fly throughout the nation. My son is getting married within the fall and would love for my dad and mom to attend, however they’re each of their 80s with well being points, in order that they’ll need assistance getting there. Are you able to direct me to any journey companies that may assist us?
— In search of Help
DEAR LOOKING: Touring could be difficult underneath the most effective circumstances, however for seniors with medical issues, bodily limitations or dementia, it may be unmanageable. Fortuitously, there are a bevy of firms in the present day that present touring companion/escort companies to assist older adults with the pains of journey.
A great journey escort can present your dad and mom with transportation to and from the airport, handle their baggage, navigate and help them via the airport, sit subsequent to them on the flight, assist them to their resort and rather more.
Some companion companies even present private care like remedy administration, dressing, bathing and feeding. And for these with particular medical wants, touring nurse companies can be found, too.
However bear in mind that these companies aren’t low cost. You’ll pay for the journey companion’s tickets, the companion’s resort room if needed, meals, incidentals and costs for the service. The worth to accompany a shopper on a aircraft journey inside the USA — together with the companion charges and journey prices for all events — can vary wherever from $2,500 to $5,000 or extra, relying on the flight transfers and size of the journey.
To find a journey companion service in your space, search on-line for “senior journey companion” or “senior journey escort,” adopted by your dad and mom’ metropolis or state. Or use an skilled nationwide service like Flying Companions (FlyingCompanions.com), Journey Helpers (GoTravelHelpers.com) or FirstLight Residence Care (FirstLightHomeCare.com), which has a nationwide community of franchises that gives in-home look after seniors and affords journey companion packages in about 80% of their 190 working territories.
Or, for medical journey companions do a seek for “touring nurse escort” or “medical journey companion,” or checkout Journey Care and Logistics (YourFlightNurse.com), which gives registered nurses as escorts.
If, nonetheless, your dad and mom don’t require lots of help, or when you can’t afford a journey escort, contemplate asking a trusted member of the family or buddy that has some air journey expertise.
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In the event you’re concerned about hiring a journey companion service, there are a variety of issues it is advisable to examine into to make sure you get the correct escort.
First, when you dad and mom require private or medical care whereas touring, discover out if the escort is educated to handle their well being care wants. What kind of medical certifications have they got? (Nursing credentials? C.P.R. coaching? and many others.)
Additionally, learn the way many journeys the companion has taken with shoppers. Have they accomplished journeys with vacationers like your dad and mom? How lengthy has the journey service firm been in enterprise? What’s the firm’s security file? And what kind of insurance coverage does it carry, and what precisely is roofed?
Additionally, get a quote breaking down precisely what you’ll be required to pay, along with the companion’s charges. And get an inventory of two or three shoppers/references who’ve used their service and name them.
Ship your senior inquiries to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Field 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or go to SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “At this time” present and creator of “The Savvy Senior” ebook.